LA's Public Toilet Controversy

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Los Angeles is about to acquire 150 self-cleaning, public pay toilets worth 250,000 dollars apiece. They'll be imported from France, where they're both fashionable and popular. Supporters insist they'll help maintain public spaces and afford the homeless much needed facilities. Critics contend they'll become magnets for drugs and prostitution. We speak with City Councilmen Nick Pacheco and Dennis Zine whose districts are as distinct their views on the controversial proposal, and an architect in London whose public toilet has become a landmark gathering-place for the hip.
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Chicken of the Sea

JC Decaux


Nick Pacheco's 14th Council Disctict

Dennis Zine's 3rd Council District



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton