I wholeheartedly agree with Trgyve Anderson’s and Pastor Jeremy Fuerst’s letter to the editor of April 2; there should be restroom facilities paid for with our local tax dollars — property and tourism — for our residents and guests, be they housed or otherwise.
Going to the bathroom is a multi-daily function. Without proper places to go, well, you just go. And, that’s problematic for so many reasons. It is very common in European cities to see “pay for use” bathrooms in public areas. They certainly saved me once or twice as a traveler with no home to speak of. I’d like this concept to be developed into day shelters where those without homes, or a gym membership, can shower and feel fresh and clean. Instead of a cash payment, perhaps the use of the facility could be in exchange for a day of service?
Feeling respected and having responsibility can breed good citizens. Having toilets available downtown is the right thing to do.