Too many drinks can catch up with people everywhere, so Amsterdam came up with a wonderful solution to the great outdoor urine stream epidemic that challenges our cities. Guys still have it easier and the man below drunkenly approves with a resounding thumbs up. Amsterdam’s outdoor urinals…sponsored by…Estee Lauder?
Outdoor urinals are not just temporary fixtures in Dutch cities and beaches however, as Amsterdam also has permanent enclosed green coloured outdoor urinals along several of the beautiful canals in the city centre. Because they’re green, they’re actually not so obvious, unless you walk by and smell one. I always told Bell they should make the colour red, so they stand out a mile away- she always disagreed.
Our current home of Dublin has recently implemented a few sporadic outdoor urinals as peak drinking times tend to see many streams of urine permeate the city streets. But Amsterdam is still far ahead of the curve here, as many alley corner and doorways actually have urine splash back guards- so if you think you can just pee on someone’s door, your pants might serve as a reminder that this is a bad idea. Dubliners who wake up to Sunday morning pee (or vomit) near their door, could really make use of this simple deterrence.
What are your thoughts on potentially putting outdoor urinals in your city? Perhaps outdoor urinals in parks, beaches and high traffic areas in cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles could be a great way to get rid of those pesky urine streams.
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