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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Toilet Economy of San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

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Chris Roberts' piece in today's print edition was yet another testimony to the high cost of doing business in San Francisco.

"Business," of course, being a euphemism.

Roberts noted that, with only two public toilets available in the Tenderloin, city workers were dispatched 2,500 times in 2010 to clean excrement off the street. The nonprofit Clean City did so 10,000 times to boot. Building and maintaining a public toilet in San Francisco costs hundreds of thousands of dollars -- as does paying workers to clean up after those who befoul the streets.

The crux of money, toilets, and money down the toilet makes good reading for ... well, just about anywhere. Here's an SF Weekly compendium:

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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