The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Wednesday, April 05, 2006  

Not Flushing

Remember when we were sitting here, or maybe it was over there, not so long ago, talking about -- believe it or not, considering all my hang-ups -- urinals?

Well I do.

And I'm sure Inga Saffron does also, peeing -- whoops! -- seeing as she returned to the subject in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer, with "Phila. No-flush Standoff Unclogged, With a Catch."

The upshot, or maybe I should say the downshot, of that piece, was that, yes, the Comcast Tower, or the Comcast Center (it's the really big one in that photograph), as I think we're now supposed to be calling the building, under construction in Center City, will, in the end or as it turns out, incorporate no-flush urinals, putting the cable giant's headquarters at the head of the line for designation as the nation's tallest "green" building.

However, this being Philadelphia, a union town, and I don't think that's a bad thing, the urinals will be installed with enough extra plumbing and work rules to make even the great-grandchildren of every pipe-fitter carrying a wrench hereabouts optimistic enough to cast aside whatever tuition-savings plan may already have been in the, um, works.

God, I love this town!

[Post-publication addendum (April 6): Update: The Plumbers Advisory Board yesterday voted to approve the developer's plan to install the waterless units.]

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