(MNN) As you may have heard, the insanely expensive and odiferous city of San Francisco has itself a bit of a public toilet problem. Simply put, there's nowhere for folks-on-the-go to actually go.
But as mentioned in a previous story about a pop-up public urinal-garden hybrid being tested out in the full-bladdered City by the Bay, there technically are a decent number of those fancy automated pay toilets scattered about town, mostly in well-trafficked tourist zones. Following a warm reception and several years of actual usefulness, the units, installed in the mid-90s, fell into decline and were eventually repurposed into squalor kiosks where the business at hand involves drugs and prostitution, not number ones and twos. Currently, hardly anyone — not tourists, residents, or the city's sizable homeless population — bothers to step inside the filth-encrusted comfort stations.
Particularly affected by San Francisco's lack of clean public facilities are that last, marginalized group mentioned above: the homeless. While others might have the luxury of ducking into a hotel lobby or holding it until they get home, this isn't quite the case with those living on the streets. And as those who have passed through a Tenderloin alleyway on a hot summer day could tell you, the situation all-around stinks.
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