walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
walkitout
walkitout

LA has automated toilets, and toilets around the world

They also had a vandalism issue.

http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/public-toilets-vandalized-closed/article_08de5706-0c11-11e3-8d41-0019bb2963f4.html

They also have DIY toilets and prosecution thereof.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/24/opinion/la-ed-restrooms-homeless-20121224

ETA: AND it turns out the ad revenue didn't pan out. Police objected to the toilets until the time per session was reduced to 10 minutes. Now, the problem is keeping them working, basically, and getting more of them.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/29/local/la-me-skid-row-toilets-20130729

ETA: Here's a blast from 2008, in which Saletan asserts that India will have eliminated open defecation by ... 2012.

Yeah. That didn't happen.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_nature/2008/07/crap_and_trade.html

Mostly it's about how you shouldn't have to pay to eliminate.

But here's some stuff about India and public toilet maintenance issues.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Chandigarh-faces-a-problem-of-maintaining-public-toilets/articleshow/45199056.cms

And Brunei:

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2014/10/14/maintaining-public-toilets-costly

Transparency laws got costs associated with public toilets in Cardiff:

http://www.theguardian.com/cardiff/2010/jun/01/cardiff-public-toilets

They were thinking of pop ups there, too.

More numbers here:

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/pound-71k-annual-cost-cleaning-toilets/story-20794960-detail/story.html

Found some more about the water conservation/drought issues in California and how that is interacting with street cleaning in the state.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-to-water-agency-We-need-to-spray-away-our-5616104.php

(Possible alternative? http://inhabitat.com/poop-scoop-robot-keeps-streets-clean-by-automatically-picking-up-dog-poo/ I am NOT SERIOUS HERE!!!)
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