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Best restroom award snubs Boston again

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  September 6, 2012 10:41 AM

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We may think ourselves as the Hub of the Universe, but it appears Boston is clearly lacking in at least one regard. Public toilets.

It's that time of year again, and voting has opened in the annual "America's Best Restroom Contest," which includes finalists from San Francisco, Hollywood, and Chicago, but no contestant from the New England region. What's so special about Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium restroom anyway?

According to a press release announcing the contestants, "Virginia Tech modernized Lane Stadium's loos in 2010 by installing new digital mirror displays that guarantee a captive audience for both the college and its largest sponsors. That's because stats show that the two sure-fire stops a fan will make during a sporting event is their seat and the bathroom, averaging 2.8 potty breaks during each game. The mirror itself is essentially a TV screen with two-way mirror glass over the top. Motion sensors at the base of each mirror detect when a fan approaches. This signals the start of an ad or short school message that plays for several seconds before it minimizes and rapidly retreats to a less prominent position on the mirror. When the screen goes black, the glass shows a mirrored reflection once again."

That sounds awful.

In any case, you can vote for your favorite at www.bestrestroom.com. While you're there, nominate a local restroom for next year's contest. Let us know which ones you would choose.

Pictured: 2011 finalist Don's John's Presidential Luxury Restroom Trailer, courtesy America's Best Restroom

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