Wins Bridgman recently moved his firm to a renovated building at the corner of Higgins Avenue and Main Street. He noticed a strong smell of urine in the area, where homeless people who live or spend time had no access to a toilet.
Bridgman wanted the city to build public washrooms near his firm, but says the city encountered some logistical problems.
So he and the Downtown Business Improvement Zone set up two portable toilets on the corner. A few weeks later, he said, the difference is noticeable.
It cost $700 to rent the two portable loos for three months, including the cost of biweekly cleaning, Bridgman said, a cost he considers well worth the result.
Police and BIZ patrollers check the restrooms regularly to ensure they aren't being used for illegal activity, he said.
Should we provide free public washrooms?