Here's What a $2 Million Public Bathroom (Built by the Government) Looks Like

Here's What a $2 Million Public Bathroom (Built by the Government) Looks Like

Next time you're in New York, be sure to make a pit stop at Gravesend Park's newly renovated bathroom — it'll be worth it.

At least, it should be, since it cost New York taxpayers $2 million to build it.

From ReasonTV:

In an accompanying article on Reason, John Stossel describes his outrage at the government waste, pointing out that entire homes in the surrounding area are 

Stossel asks some nearby park-goers what they'd peg the cost of the washroom at. Guesses ranged from $70k to $100k. One interviewee claimed he could achieve the same results for $10k.

Everyone was shocked at the $2 million price tag. They should be — it came out of their pockets in the most heavily taxed city in the nation.

In contrast, here's what a $2 million Long Island condo looks like:

Bathroom included with purchase. Source: Bloomberg

Bathroom included with purchase. Source: Bloomberg

We'd hate to see how much this apartment would cost if the government oversaw its construction. 

Stossel writes:

Government spends more because every decision is tied up in endless rules. Rigid specs. Affirmative action. Minority outreach. Wheelchair access. “The process is designed to prevent any human from using judgment, or adapting to unforeseen circumstances,” says Philip Howard of the government reform group Common Good, adding, “The idea of a commercial relationship, based on norms of reasonableness and reciprocity, is anathema.”

But New York City’s bureaucrats are unapologetic about their $2 million toilet. The Parks Department even put out a statement saying, “Our current estimate to build a new comfort station with minimal site work is $3 million.”

”$3 million?!” I said to New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, incredulously.

”New York City is the most expensive place to build,” he replied. As a result, “$2 million was a good deal.”

Of course it's a good deal. Government sees everything they purchase as a good deal because they are spending money that isn't theirs on things they won't use. The system is set up so that neither price nor quality is of any concern to those in charge of the spending.

At a nearby (privately managed) park, an equally regal bathroom cost less than $300,000 to build, just one-fifth the price of its tax-funded counterpart.

It's all good, though. If you're a New Yorker and you're concerned that the government coffers are going to run dry, relax. Tax hikes took effect earlier last month.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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