The Herald’s Jessica Fargen chimes in regarding the lack of public restrooms in the North End along the tourist-heavy Freedom Trail with a story in the Sunday paper, No Restrooms for the weary in the North End.
“Discontent is growing in the potty-challenged North End as residents and tourists endure summer without a true public restroom in the heart of the bustling North End, home to Old North Church and Old World Italian charm. Since a visitor center with public restrooms that served 850 people a day closed two years ago, merchants say they are besieged with potty-seekers, while Old North Church — a huge tourist draw — provides no relief.”
In September 2010, NorthEndWaterfront.com wrote about the potty situation in a post titled, “Welcome to the Historic North End; Sorry No Public Rest Rooms.” The post soiled about the closing of a Hull Street bathroom facility that previously served over 800 people a day in peak season. The restrooms are still there on Hull Street, but have not been open due to cuts for earmarks in the last two State budgets.
Bathroom facilities are not available at the Old North Church, the historic destination that asks for donations but does not have an entry fee. Also on the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere House in North Square has plans for restrooms in its ongoing renovation. Visitors pay an entry fee to visit the museum.
The Herald article says that Councilor Sal LaMattina wants to hold a community meeting to install a coin-operated, self-cleaning restroom on the Paul Revere Mall (Prado), similar to the ones located at Langone Park and Christopher Columbus Park.