New York City’s best public bathroom?

I’m on a toilet trip this week, in part researching New York City’s public washrooms. There are three automatic pay toilets (APTs) in the five boroughs. (You read right: three toilets for a population of eight and a half million souls. I’ll get to posting an explainer later about the lack of public pay bathrooms in […]

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New Central Library (+ toilets!)

I got a chance to check out the new Halifax Central Library this morning at the presser announcing the opening date. (December 13!) I plan to spend a lot of time in that building. I’m excited for it both as an environment for work, as a space for my kids to hang out, and as a […]

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Toilets? We don’t need no stinkin’ toilets.

In researching my book so far, I’ve read several municipal planning strategy documents. (I enjoy this more than most, I suppose.) I’ve managed to interview two people this week about the lack of mention of public bathrooms in two particular strategies. One is a seniors strategy that aims, in large part, to combat social isolation. The […]

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Toilet queen Clara Greed

The first chapter of my book, No Place To Go, is well in hand and it features, prominently, Clara Greed. This will be no surprise to the loo-natics out there. Greed is fantastically and unapologetically committed to equitable public toilet provision for women.   Greed is a professor in the faculty of Architecture the Built Environment at […]

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Why close public toilets so early?

Zahra Damjanovic, the writer of this letter to the editor in Port Coquitlam, B.C., asks a good, sensible question: why are public toilets locked when people clearly need them? As Damjanovic cites in her letter, she was walking in parks, before dusk, and the public toilet doors were locked. But even in municipalities where the park-based public […]

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Toronto pay-toilet fail

Well, I saved a quarter, at least. I met Toronto freelance journalist Chris Bateman (@chrisbateman) on the weekend at the Queen’s Quay and Rees automated public toilet. This waterfront toilet is one of only two in the city of its kind. The city, partnered with Astral Media, was supposed to oversee the installation of 20 […]

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Public toilets keep me up at night

  I’m writing a book about public bathrooms. Restrooms. Johns. Loos. You know the names. I’ve long been obsessed with public toilets – where they are, what they look like, who gets to use them, for how much and how comfortably. I’ve written scads about toilets in my journalism practice, and now I’m writing a book. […]

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See!?

  I wrote in this column about what I see as the undervaluing of Paralympic athletes and Paralympic sport. Here‘s another example! Gah. ~~    

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