The infamously liberal city of San Francisco has a concrete solution - literally - for an ongoing problem.
At issue is an open-air public restroom facility for men - basically a concrete urinal with a screen - that was built next to a public park.
Pacific Justice Institute founder Brad Dacus says the restroom includes only a waist-high concrete barrier, meaning men can be seen urinating from the sidewalk, passing trains, and the park.
"So this isn't just a matter of meeting codes and health requirements," Dacus says. "This is also a matter of just basic decency."
San Francisco is known for flaunting decency, however. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors was urged by businesses and residents to finally crack down on public nudity in the city and that vote in 2012 passed by only one vote.
"The vote means that there will be no more lounging nude in the city’s plazas, parading up and down city streets sans pants or riding subways and buses bare-bottomed," The New York Times reported at the time.
The open-air urinal is actually an attempt by the city to crack down on public urination at nearby Dolores Park.
San Francisco spent about $15,000 of taxpayer dollars, Dacus complains, to build what amounts to a waist-high wall with a hole in the ground.
"This is a new low even for San Francisco," Dacus says. "It's obviously blatantly illegal. The city has not even attempted to comply with its own ordinances, much less state or federal law."