Delayed Gratification and Public Toliets
I know of no other place in the world where anyone leaving home or office is put to periodic torture because great pains have been taken to hide the location of rest rooms.”
~ Edward Hall, anthropologist, in The Silent Language
…Or, great pains to not build them at all.
…Or, great pains to place them at wide distances from activity centers.
This passage was found while reading A Geography of Time by Robert Levine. The book explores the construct of time in different cultures. The American obsession for hiding toilets was used as a point of reference to describe the American tendency for an “unwillingness to deal with immediate needs.” In general, people in the U.S. require “greater urgency” before solving some of life’s daily problems.
Basically, we hold it as long as we can.
In related news, another hurdle arises for public restrooms downtown TC.