Respectfully Stating the Obvious
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Respectfully Stating the Obvious

Sometimes you have to spell out what would seem to be self-evident. This sign on the door of a store on Spadina Avenue just north of Oxford Street once again raises the question of whether the automated public washrooms Toronto is reportedly getting beginning next year, as part of Astral Media’s advertising-driven “street furniture” plan, will be anywhere near enough. The follow-up question has to be: even if there was a pay-toilet right on the corner, would the pisser and/or puker bother fumbling for a loonie to gain access or save the money and go ahead and defile the doorway, anyway?
We’ve noticed in Paris—where there are not only a good many automated loos, but they’re also free—that some pragmatic Parisians still pee when and wherever the urge takes them, be it behind a hedge in a park or between cars in a parking lot. Whatever the country, throwing up, alas, tends to be an even more urgent proposition. So perhaps the NIMDY (Not In My DoorwaY?) approach is as good as any to, if not curb unacceptable behaviour, at least send it down the street.
Photo by Bill Taylor/Torontoist

This article originally mistakenly said that Toronto is “reportedly getting” “twenty automated public washrooms” in 2009. Though the Canadian Press article we cited did report as much in July, the actual roll-out of washrooms is much slower than that: twenty are supposed to be installed from 2009 to 2019 at a pace of no more than two a year. By the end of 2009, Toronto is slated to have one and only one automated washroom installed.