Guardian: ‘Urinoir’ furore: Paris residents peeved at eco-friendly urinals

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The designer of the ‘Uritrottoir’ said it offered an ‘eco solution to public peeing’. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Editor’s note:  Paris is known for being the worst “bathroom” city in the world.  Parisians, until a year ago, usually pissed on the Holocaust Memorial behind Notre Dame.  It had nothing to do with hating Jews, it was dark there and the location was good.

You could count functioning public pay toilet machines on the fingers on one hand for a city of 6 million.  

You don’t, however, piss on the streets on the Isle St. Louis.  You have to cross the Seine and piss under a bridge or against a church someplace.  

The Guardian needs to grow up a bit.g

A set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals that have been introduced to the streets of Paris are provoking uproar among residents.

One of the bright-red “urinoirs” installed on the Île Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.

“Piss-0-Matic” about 50 yards from my Paris flat

Residents and businesses have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition.

“There’s no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot,” said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.

“It’s beside the most beautiful townhouse on the island, the Hôtel de Lauzun, where Baudelaire lived,” she said, referring to the 19th-century French poet.

Read more at UK Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/13/urinoir-furore-paris-residents-peeved-at-public-eco-friendly-urinals

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Why man in Paris cannot urinate on public toilettes like most of the rest of the world????
    I gave Paris two opportunities to better itself as I as a tourist for the first time apart of the Louvre museum and other parts of the city I was not impressed with the people. (urinals in the street) etc.
    On a restaurant as a woman I had to use the loo and I had to pass through a long corridor with open urinals where man where busy ( no privacy at all !) yo reach at the end of the passage the ladies room….shocking.
    On my second trip trying to change my first shock….it was worse. So ….NO PARIS FOR ME ANYMORE

    • Had a girlfriend that could go in a mensroom at a concert and use a standup urinal just like the fellows; had another we nicknamed yellowfoot when camping in the woods. Everyone is different.

  2. What’s so great about Paris? Would rather see Pompeii. Or Moscow or St. Petersberg. Or Liverpool.
    London? Forget London. You’d get stabbed to death. Worse than New York City now.
    The French are still reeling from the humiliating loss back in the seventies to a California winery and the wine scandal that followed.
    Great at aviation:https://youtu.be/8jC7NKkjCe0

  3. I usually agree with Gordon but I will make an exception here. Paris known as the worst “bathroom” city in the world? You haven’t travelled much. Gordon, search “San Francisco shithole” on YouTube, but not before dinner time.

    I’d eat off the Paris sidewalks compared to San Fran and MANY other places in the world. Thanks for the Notre Dame Cathedral tip.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. If you think Paris is bad, San Franshithole is a hundred times worse. No need to go into the stark details here.
      So bad a major medical convention canceled and the city therefore lost $40 million in revenue. Probably won’t be returning either and I’m sure there will be more cancellations.
      Are you going to San Francisco
      be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
      and hold your nose.
      San Francisco: where liberal progressive policies reign supreme.

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