GUARDIAN reader Hillary got our attention when she wrote about the overflow demand for “services” at the Saturday Market on 8th street.
Never one to suffer in silence, Hillary wrote to the CCDC about increased fees for vendors at the market to cover the cost of those plastic phone booth style restrooms known as Porta Potties, Li’l Johns, and several other names. She didn’t like the thought of using an alley facility for pit stops–even in the plastic enclosure.
Some permanent merchants are reluctant to open “facilities” to the masses of Saturday shoppers who don’t necessarily spend anything with them. CCDC runs the show and told Hillary the public restrooms at the Center on The Grove are open…two blocks can be too far for the urgent neeeds of some folks.
Forget about Saturday Market–are there adequate public restrooms downtown? Go to the mall or any of the big box stores and you don’t have to hold it all day THEY let people do what they gotta do.
Downtown merchants would do well to adapt the policy we saw on the door of a San Francisco restaurant: “Restrooms are for our CUSTOMERS–past present and future.”
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