SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – In what sounds like an instance of NASA-level spending, the city of San Francisco is budgeting $1.7m for a single public toilet in the Noe Valley neighborhood.Finding a public bathroom in many parts of San Francisco can be challenging, particularly in the busy area around Noe and 24th.Known for its boutiques and quiet tree-lined streets, the town square on 24th Street has become something of a neighborhood hub.
Home to an ever-popular weekly farmers market, the square is a popular meeting spot for local families and neighborhood dwellers.Richard Andronaco likes to spend his days on one of the public benches doing a crossword puzzle.Absent from the square is a public restroom.
In its place, a lone port-a-potty that was locked on a particularly busy Wednesday afternoon.But a proposal aims to change that by installing a permanent restroom.
The only potential problem? A hefty price tag.According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle the bathroom was projected to cost as much as $1.7 million dollars.“It shouldn’t cost that much, that’s ridiculous.