My buddy Alex and I worked
together to build Better Bathroom Bureau - a website dedicated to
helping people in Seattle access bathroom facilities around the city.
We used React.js with some custom CSS to give it a "Craigslist-y"
look on the frontend, and Rails to handle the backend and store all of our data.
Better Bathroom Bureau began as a Tumblr blog I started right after I
moved to Seattle in 2015 - I reviewed bathrooms I visited out of 10,
detailing highlights or lowlights in bathroom function, cleanliness,
I had a great time working with Alex to create a full-fledged website
version of BBB, and I'm excited to open up the bathroom discussion to
other contributors and users around Seattle. This is the kind of
resource that works best with a lot of user input!
Users can view bathrooms stored in the BBB database and leave reviews
on bathrooms as a guest. Users can also login / create an account to
contribute new bathrooms to the database, leave reviews tied to their
account, and save favorite bathrooms for future reference.
Each bathroom submitted by users has its own page, with information
about its description and accessibility, its location on a Google Map
(thanks Google Maps API!), and reviews that site users have left about
In the near future, we'll deploy the site and add a feature that shows
"Bathrooms Near Me," cutting out some search time for users in a more
urgent need of facilities. We hope that people around Seattle will
contribute and the community will benefit from our hard work and