The renaissance of downtown Madison can be seen in the skyline and on the sidewalks. If you look up, you'll see construction cranes working to create downtown living spaces, and at ground level, you will find sidewalks crowded with residents and visitors.
For the city, the problem is that while more people want to visit downtown, there aren't enough places for people to?go.
"We just need public restrooms. I mean, other large communities have dealt with this issue," said Susan Schmitz, president of Downtown Madison.
To address the issue, the city has created a public toilet committee, which Schmitz is chairing.
The committee is meeting every other week with a goal of providing the city with recommendations to address the issue in March.
Residents and business owners in the downtown area have wrestled with the problem of the homeless and individuals leaving bars and restaurants late at night, urinating in alley ways and parking ramps.