Today around 11:00 I saw a guy duck behind this property and emerge a
minute or so later, adjusting his clothing. Around 11:30, I saw
another guy do something similar.
Fencing this property would just push the problem further down the
alley (and closer to us). When people gotta go, they gotta go.
Street commerce is often the source of this problem. The bad economy
is affecting everyone, and the black market is becoming more and more
profitable. It won't be going away any time soon (in fact, the
Another source is people hanging around outside all day. We can't stop
that from happening either. If those folks aren't drinking beer,
they'll be drinking soda. The warmer the weather, the more liquids
will be consumed.
I bet police officers don't enjoy chasing down and busting people for
heeding the call of nature, no matter how illegal it is. And I bet
administrators don't like having to allocate precious resources for it
Maybe we need to find a way to install and maintain safe, hygienic
public urinals. It is being done in other cities; surely it can be
Some people say this would just attract more "riff-raff". But done
right, it could end up attracting an even greater amount of desireable
foot traffic. That's one citizen's POV, anyway.