In our modern society, our bathrooms define our home ; We invest huge amout of time and money in decorating and maintaining the most energy intensive part of our dwellings. Sharing bathrooms has a image in our country of unclean, poor, crowded city living;
When the United States really runs out of resources, it will have long been too late for most of our citizens. Already the cost of water and energy results in choosing between starvation and foreclosure for many homeowners; Most Americans cannot afford a house no matter how good their credit is or how low the Fed pushes the interest rate.
My house needs an urgent visit from a plumber and carpenter; Right now my family relies on my wife's parents apartment while I use public restrooms. Water leaks are significantly increasing the size of our escrow account, while concerns over public safety forced my city to enact a construction mandate costing $500 for our oil heating system.
We would need alternative functions for the structures that contain them; I suggest public libraries. Local property tax structures must encourage some kind of private bathroom tax. Most bond issues for libraries now are voted down; This would be the best chance for these public learning facilities. (Using schools leads to obvious security issues.) Could this become a national model for new suburban development?