Category: Sanitation

Where the sun don’t shine

3 June, 2013 (11:35) | Alleyways, Boston, Broken Windows Theory, Chauncy Street, Cities, Enforcement, Health, Local issues, Public space, Sanitation |

By:David A. Smith   All of us have a body paSrt where the sun don’t shine, and while it’s intimately connected to our personal ecosystems, we have only the vaguest idea what goes on back there.   It’s got a mind of its own   Cities have such places too, one of them less than […]

Sickness makes you stupid

20 August, 2010 (09:28) | Economics, Global news, Hygiene, Sanitation, Slums, Urbanization, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   Though it suits our Calvinist sense of righteousness to believe that poverty is merely a condition, not a cause, evidence continues to accumulate that housing poverty, especially in childhood, permanently harms the future adult and the future society that adult will inhabit – as most recently reported in The Economist: […]

Potty parity

30 July, 2010 (12:17) | Global news, Health, Housing, Innovations, Poverty, Sanitation, Toilets, Women |

By: David A. Smith   That the same topic can be simultaneously trivial and tragic, all depending on circumstances is well illustrated by Economist article about public toilets that cannot decide whether to be cheeky or chastising:   Flushing away unfairness   From the Economist: The shepee, a woman’s pissoir   The scene is familiar, […]

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

2 July, 2010 (11:20) | Apartments, Building Codes, Insects, Sanitation, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    Sleep tight, my mother would always say when she tucked me in, don’t let the bed bugs bite.    We’re here, we have no fear, get used to it   In 1958, that was merely a nursery rhyme.    Good night, sleep tight, Don’t let the bedbugs bite. Bedbugs, I […]

Wetware beats hardware, but who pays?

24 December, 2009 (10:45) | Cities, Finance, Infrastructure, Innovations, Municipal finance, New York City, Sanitation, Theory, Toilets |

By: David A. Smith   If we can put a man on the Moon, why can’t we create clean, attractive public toilets in major cities?  That question is implicit in a little New York Times deposit on the subject of effective business models for urban defecation entitled We weren’t quite ready for the modern toilet […]