Local history and urban thoughts from a West End Winnipegger
Monday, 12 December 2016
The public washroom debate
In the summer of 2008, architect Wins Bridgman had two"port-a-potties" placed at Main and Higgins in an attempt to stop people using area properties and lanes as toilets. He raised the ire of city officials and opened a debate that has raged on and off in this city since the 1880s.
My column in today's Free Press looks back at the history of the city's "comfort stations" - underground public washrooms that dotted the urban landscape between 1914 and 1979.