September 9, 2007 |
Just across the street from the historic produce stalls of Pike Place Market sits a gunmetal gray cylindrical pod with shiny silver doors, a structure that would look right at home on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. It is the public restroom of the future. But its heyday here may soon be in the past. After three years in operation, Seattle is considering pulling the plug on these space-age restrooms, which cost the city $6.6 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2007 |
The green, oval, vaguely Art Deco pod arrived in Pershing Square six months ago -- billed as the answer to one of downtown's most human of needs. It's a luxury automated toilet, the kind seen on the streets of world-class cities such as Paris and New York and a prototype for as many as 150 that officials plan to roll out across Los Angeles in the next few years.