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BEST PUBLIC REST ROOM Minneapolis 1998 -

Sci-fi author Robert Heinlein once said that the first sign of a decaying society is unsightly public washrooms. If that's true, then the people at Bloomingdale's are trying to lift us all to a new level of civilization. Pinks and peaches adorn the couch and love seat in the sitting area of the women's lounge, and a small private area has been set aside for mothers with infants. Golden light bouncing off a long, red marble-floored hallway leading to the actual stalls lends a sunny atmosphere. And though Seinfeld's George Costanza couldn't get it done at Yankee Stadium, it's been accomplished here: The doors reach all the way to the floor.

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