Sophie House

Sophie House is a legal fellow at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where her work focuses on housing and homelessness. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, and also holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and an M.Phil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford.

A man leaves a pay toilet in Venice, Italy.

Pay Toilets Are Illegal in Much of the U.S. They Shouldn't Be.

In the 1970s, many American cities and states banned pay toilets, but the vision of abundant free toilets for all never came to pass.