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Pit Stop public toilet program expands to Lower Polk neighborhood

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The Department of Public Works has expanded its Pit Stop program to the Lower Polk neighborhood.

San Francisco’s Lower Polk is now the ninth neighborhood to get a Pit Stop public toilet to help keep the neighborhood clean while allowing homeless people to take care of their bathroom needs with dignity, Public Works officials announced today.

The toilet, the 18th in the city’s Pit Stop program, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Larkin and Myrtle streets next to Sergeant John Macaulay Park. Attendants will staff the toilet during the time it’s open.

“Our Pit Stop program is a win-win for communities,” Mayor Mark Farrell said in a statement.

Farrell added, “These resources have a proven record of transforming neighborhoods and I am glad to see that Lower Polk is the latest community to benefit from this program.”

The toilets provide sinks, used needle receptacles and dog waste stations as well as a toilet in some of the city’s challenging neighborhoods.

Public works officials said San Francisco’s program has become a national model with Miami, Denver and Sacramento starting their own programs. Los Angeles is scheduled to start one this month.

In San Francisco, besides the Low Polk district, Pit Stop toilets are located in the Tenderloin, Mission, South of Market, Civic Center, Mid-Market, Bayview, Castro and Haight neighborhoods.

Public Works officials have also introduced a mobile “Painted Lady” Pit Stop that resembles a Victorian house.

-Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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