'Pittsburgh Potty' open, aims to help homeless population

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Pittsburgh Potty
Pittsburgh Potty Photo credit Rob Taylor/KDKA Radio

Public restrooms have appeared in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Friday afternoon the City of Pittsburgh cut the ribbon on what's called The Pittsburgh Potty, a mobile station of three restrooms meant to address the lack of public bathrooms in Downtown.

It's located at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Stanwix street, next to the Gateway Center T station.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey says it also helps some of the city's homeless population.

“We can continue to talk about it, in regards of some of our unsheltered doing some of the things that they have been exposed to doing which I think is wrong, because we do know that some of them do deal with mental health, we know that and I think it’s wrong to exploit anybody and I think that’s what’s been going on, but now we’ve answered the call.”

He adds they needed to give homeless people a place to go to the bathroom.

“If not, then what we are saying is we want to get rid of the unsheltered,” said Gainey.

The restrooms are open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and will be staffed.

There are plans to open another set of restrooms on Smithfield Street and Strawberry way by the end of the month.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Rob Taylor/KDKA Radio