Tuesday, August 25, 2015

YER IN TROUBLE: While Chicago Fights Pubic Urination With Tickets, Other Cities Get Creative

To the surprise of few neighbors, DNAInfo Chicago yesterday reported that more people are cited for public urination under the Addison Red Line tracks than at any other location in the city.

While cash-strapped Chicago will certainly continue to address the issue with revenue-raising $300 citations, other cities around the world have taken a different approach.

A hotel in the Czech wine-making town of Mikulov uses the threat of YouTube to discourage people from peeing outside their establishment. The sign, seen here, says it all.

Hamburg, Germany, and San Francisco have taken a different approach.

Both cities have deployed liquid-repelling paint on key areas. Anyone who pees on a treated wall will find that the wall immediately shoots their pee directly back onto them.

This Washington Post story includes a couple of short videos to demonstrate the repellant properties. Although, the sight of green "urine" is rather disconcerting.

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10 comments:

  1. I think those signs in Chicago would encourage more pissing in public. Everyone is a star wannabe, especially after a cubs game.

    I do like the newer bright yellow signs they're placing near all those silly stop signs that are in the middle of the crosswalks (of which most have been flattened) that read LOOK BOTH WAYS. Way overdue.

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  2. Pay-toilets at the Addison stop "Vending Machine style" would pay for themselves and the staff required to keep them clean many times over. Would cut down on this problem significantly. Many of the intoxicated Cubs fans that exercised "poor planning" would happily swipe their credit card for a few bucks to relieve themselves in a sanitary fashion. You just need to make sure there are enough of them (the line/wait time is more important that the money) and that they don't worsen the crowd control situation.

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    1. I agree. Building pay toilets would be revenue generators. Cook County Jail inmates could be assigned to clean them.

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  3. Off topic: CWB is starting to attract mainstream media attention. DNAInfo has an article today that appears to have been pulled largely from CWB's reporting over the summer. Also, on EveryBlock, CWB articles now pop up as a "Media Mentions" with other news sources. Mainstream media must not want to be left behind now that this information is finding wider audiences. Good work CWB.

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  4. During the building boom of the 1990s and early 2000s when biking home from the bars I could just go down any alley and there would be a portajohn from a construction site I could use.

    Why aren't the Cubs required to put banks of portajohns around Wrigley on game days?

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    1. Because they have their own bathrooms on the inside. It's foolish for people to keep expecting the Cubs to be responsible for all the ills of the community.

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    2. When 1/2 the restrooms weren't working on Opening Day and people were leaving cups of pee all over, I didn't hear anything about them immediately cutting off beer sales. I'll bet the neighborhood smelled real pretty the next day.

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  5. Get the kind of public toilets like that's found in San Francisco. Self cleaning, and timed usage. Time is up, and the door opens, ready or not.

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  6. I despise public urination, but the city doesn't help by not having any facilities that can be paid for to take care of ones needs. Any city that wastes money on urine repelling paint should be sued.

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  7. Both Vorher and Nachher remind me of the time I took those designer drugs.

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