Offers a Humane Model of Toilets for the Homeless; Incentive Plan
Published: November 26, 1990
To the Editor:
In "A Modest Proposal" (editorial, Nov. 5), you say, "the scarcity
of public toilets in New York City causes daily aggravation and
discomfort for millions," and "there's an easily affordable response."
You endorse London's system of public coin-operated toilets, which
cost less than $2 million yearly to maintain after installation
charges of $1.3 million for 100 units.
Your suggested solution deserves more than passing consideration.
For generations, women especially have had to suffer the indignity
of standing on serpentine lines for a turn at inadequate numbers
of facilities. No doubt, when plumbing code tables were formulated,
no women sat on the advisory board that established the required
number of stalls for restaurants, theaters and other places of public
Both problems could be solved by a contractual agreement between
city fathers and the proprietors, who could improve their bottom
line by earning tax abatements for enlarging their facilities and
gain modest yearly rental fees for permitting their public use.
PETER F. GUIDA Great Meadows, N.J., Nov. 9, 1990 The writer is a
retired plumbing contractor.