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Bathroom Boom

Construction watchers are used to counting cranes on the skyline, but SPUR editorial director Allison Arieff offers us another metric for measuring the construction boom: the Porta-Potty count. Last spring, between Glen Park and the Mission, Arieff counted 22 portable toilets; by last month, the potty count doubled in half the distance. "Every crane tells a story," she writes, "and so, too, weirdly, a little awkwardly, does every portable toilet." [The Urbanist/Photo via Allison Arieff]