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Toilet Watch: Twenty Five Weeks And Counting

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at 05:57PM
Pershing Square APT Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Three weeks ago I declared Toilet Watch, having waited a good twenty-two weeks for the Pershing Square Automated Public Toilet (APT) to be brought into service. Walking by the APT today nothing has changed. We're now at twenty-five weeks, just one week short of it being six months that the toilet has been in the ground but inoperative.

LA City Beat has an article this week talking about the advertising that's part of the street furniture contract. The piece gives us this on the APTs:

The automatic public toilets that are a critical part of the program are also starting to appear. Their origins lie in a December 2003 City Council ordinance banning defecation and urination on public property -- part of the council's controversial Skid Row clean-up effort. These small, private bathrooms look a bit like old-fashioned phone booths and offer sanitation and seclusion for users. A new one is currently being tested on downtown's Pershing Square; three more are due for Skid Row soon.

"Currently being tested," eh? That's one funny kind of test.

Toilet Watch is now at 4,224 hours.

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