Photos in first look inside controversial public restroom

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It’s finally here. The controversial public restroom installed last month in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood is ready for the public to use.

KRON4 visited the toilet and got a closer look at the project that cost San Francisco roughly $300,000. Watch the video in the media player above.


No, the toilet is not colored gold, which is what some may have hoped for when the initial $1.7 million price tag was announced. It is an all-gender single-person restroom with a baby changing station.

The sink for washing hands is located outside the facility. In the video, you can see the rolls of toilet paper are locked up.

The public restroom is getting “a blowout celebration of the opening of our world-renowned toilet.” Dubbed “The Toilet Bowl,” the ceremony is scheduled this Sunday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 3861 24th St.

District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman is expected to attend and speak at the event.

The project was initially met with controversy when the $1.7 million price tag was announced. Thanks to contributions from multiple companies, that price tag for the city has been reduced to $300,000.



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