In big cities like Denver, public bathrooms can be hard to find:
Downtown Denver is a busy area and a great place to visit. But it lacks one thing everyone needs – bathrooms.
“There hasn’t been a big need for it in the past but we’re looking into it now because we’ve heard from the community that there is a big need for it,” said Heather Burke of Denver Public Works.
You’re options now are to use the facilities at the business you’re patronizing, or you could do your business at your local, not so friendly, neighborhood dumpster…
In 2014 Denver Police issued 550 misdemeanor citations for urinating in public…
“It’s definitely on the city’s radar; we have a working group that’s looking at different options for public restrooms,” said Burke.
Infrastructure may not get the attention it deserves overall but shouldn’t public bathrooms also be on the radar screen?
This reminds me of the chapter in Mitchell Duneier’s Sidewalks regarding how the street vendors he is studying are treated in regards to bathrooms. The short answer is not well as they are often homeless black men and local businesses are not always inclined to view them favorably. For example, the story cited above says the Hard Rock Cafe tries to be accommodating to visitors but how would they view people like street vendors as opposed to tourists or people who appear to be more middle or upper-class?