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NYC Gets Into APT Game; Downtown Slowly Adding Its Own Units

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, January 11, 2008, at 05:22PM
4th/Hill APT Eric Richardson [Flickr]

New York City opened its first Automated Public Toilet yesterday in Madison Square Park. The city plans to open twenty of the units over the next two years. While Downtown L.A. has several operating APTs, each has taken its time in coming online.

Ground was broken for the APT at 4th & Hill back in April, and the unit has been in the ground since mid-summer. Despite that, it's still not yet been in operation. Lance Oishi of Street Services, who manages the street furniture contract, says that the unit's close to coming online. Just this past week it passed its electrical inspection, and now it just needs DWP to turn on the juice, something that should happen in the next few weeks.

I asked Oishi how he thought the operational APTs were doing. "I'm biased," he said with a laugh. "I think they're running great." He noted that the North Hollywood unit has seen more vandalism issues than any of the Downtown locations. Once the 4th and Hill location gets activated, attention will return to Pershing Square. Another unit is slated to go into the corner of 5th and Hill by year's end.

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