Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pishers' Guide to Jerusalem # 12, Center 1, Usually OK

This is a continuation in my ongoing series about public toilets in Jerusalem. See #11#10#9,  #8#7,  #6,  #5, Saved by The First Station aka #4a#4#3#2 and #1

For a long time, I've been a fan of the WCs in Center 1, even before the new, large section was added and there was only a small public toilet set-up near the Yirmiyahu entrance/exit. When compared to the ones in the nearby Central Bus Station aka Egged (which is no longer owned by the bus company) it always had one important thing going for it, its price --FREE.

These are right near the cafe cafe, over to the right, on the way to the parking area.

And unlike the one of the Yirmiyahu Street side, this is large enough for wheelchairs, walkers, baby carriages etc. And as you can see, there are plenty of stalls.

men on left and women on right
That came in very handy the last time I was there, since I must have had the bad luck to get there before the cleaning crew. Two of the stalls were totally disgusting. A woman who came in the same time as I did quickly ran/escaped to the other public toilets hoping to find them more amenable/acceptable. Just as I was about to do the same, another woman exited a stall and reported that it was fine.

There was toilet paper, but one of the soap dispensers was empty. Unfortunately, a lot of building managements try to save money by having the cleaning crew in less often. That seems to be the situation in the public toilets of the Jerusalem Municipality. Just a few years ago, they were clean and supplied before morning opening hours and all day long, but now they aren't. I guess I have to start calling the phone numbers on the signs and complain.

Besides the Yirmiyahu entrance to Center 1, there are two on Jaffa Road. One is through the pharmacy, and the other is a bit further down towards the corner. That's a large one, accessible for handicapped, carriages etc., and there are usually bargain-priced things on sale in the open space.

Center 1 has become quite a popular mall nowadays with all sorts of stores and eating places. Yes, it's more than just a free WC.

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