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What's gone mostly unmentioned in the coverage of city council's decision to ditch the "expensive" public toilets is that these toilets

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The Irony of the Bathroom Boondoggle

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What's gone mostly unmentioned in the coverage of city council's decision to ditch the "expensive" public toilets is that these toilets CAN pay for themselves. In fact, they've been working quite well up in Canada apparently. But, as SPU's own report notes, you have to allow advertising on them, which our city's ridiculous sign ordinance prohibits. What makes this all the more absurd is that, as our Damon Agnos reported a couple weeks ago, that ordinance is being routinely flouted all over town by advertisers like Starbucks. There are giant, and clearly-unlawful, ads on the sides of buildings all over Seattle, especially downtown. And yet we can't provide public toilets for homeless drug addicts because of an obscure ordinance that the richest members of society are ignoring?

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