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Lecture: The Provision of Public Toilets: The Role of Planning
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 12:00pm to Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:30pm

The Provision of Public Toilets: The Role of Planning

Michael Powe, PhD, John E. Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington

Thursday, May 19
Rm 220 Urban Center (506 SW Mill St)

It is a painful and shameful thing to be a pedestrian in a U.S. city with an uncomfortably full bladder. For all the popular discourse around sustainable, healthy cities, the basic social infrastructure of publicly accessible toilets open to all is severely lacking in urban areas throughout the United States. Building from fieldwork and archival research in Los Angeles’s Skid Row and Downtown Seattle, this presentation explores the topic of public toilet provision from a social justice framework and considers the potential impacts that planners could make in this area.

Dr. Michael Powe is the John E. Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Washington’s Sawyer Seminar, "Now Urbanism: City-Making in the 21st Century and Beyond." His research focuses on the relationships between social inclusion and exclusion and urban redevelopment, revitalization, and community development efforts. Mike holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree (2006) and a doctorate in Planning, Policy, and Design (2010), both from the University of California, Irvine, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (2004) from Texas A&M University.