Guest Blog: When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go…But Where? / Published in DC Fiscal Policy Institute

By John McDermott, George Olivar, Janet Sharp, and Marcia Bernbaum, People for Fairness Coalition (PFFC) Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative

Regardless of who we are, where or how we live, we all have one thing in common: we all need to use the restroom multiple times a day. Some of us—if we are taking certain medications or have certain medical conditions, are elderly, or have little kids—need to go more frequently. In fact, when the urge comes, we often can’t wait, and have to find a restroom immediately.

What are our options when we urgently have to go?

We can: (1) find a restroom nearby (that is hopefully clean and safe) that will let us in; (2) hold it in until we find a restroom (hard if we are restroom challenged); (3) have an accident which is VERY embarrassing; (4) go “au natural” in a park or an alley.[1]  Overall, this is not a good set of options.

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