Why Charleston’s $125,000 Crime-Fighting Toilet Could Set a New Standard

Published in The Post and Courier

The new restroom at James Island’s Ferguson Village Park was installed two weeks ago. It cost $125,000 and had been a request of the Ferguson Village neighborhood for nearly a decade. More restrooms like this could soon be appearing in other Charleston parks. Caitlin Byrd/Staff

To Charleston officials, it’s a stainless steel crime deterrent. To city Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, it’s progress. But to the rest of us, it’s a toilet — a $125,000 toilet.

None of Charleston’s other 120 parks can boast a toilet like this one, which was installed two weeks ago at James Island’s Ferguson Village Park.

Called the “Portland Loo,” the modern-looking commode built by Madden Fabrication is the first of its kind in Charleston, and the state.

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