Public potty breaks in Pioneer Square out of control, neighbors say

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 23 at 7:01 PM

SEATTLE -- People living and working in Seattle's Pioneer Square are increasingly concerned about a rising tide of public urination and defecation.

"I've been in my building and had people literally looking through my window while they..." says property owner Todd Vogel.

Part of the problem is that there simply aren't enough public restrooms in Pioneer Square. There are only about half a dozen and they're not well marked.

"Honestly, I wouldn't know where to send someone if they asked me for a bathroom," says Vogel.

Neighbors say it's not just Seahawks and Mariners games that are a problem anymore, but things have gotten worse with the Sounders FC playing at CenturyLink Field too. Concerns are growing because the University of Washington football team will be playing all their home games there this fall as well.

So neighbors are now taking matters into their own hands. In one alley they've installed artwork and have parties.

"It's working," says Vogel. "People don't want to pee in front of other people."
 

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