To be fair, Miami’s poop map is not a tourist map but the byproduct of a dispute among local leaders over how to address an ongoing sanitation issue created by the city’s sizable homeless population.
On one side there is the DDA, which has called for more portable potties and beds for the estimated 600 homeless people living in the area, according to CNN. On the other side is the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, a local agency focused on finding housing for homeless people and whose leadership has criticized the DDA’s recommendations as ineffective in addressing the city’s poop problem, according to the Miami Herald.
In defiant response, the DDA spent eight hours on Friday scouring downtown Miami and documenting instances of human waste. The results were used to create a map using the newly unveiled poop emoji found on smartphones. The map, which captures a one-time snapshot and is not interactive, documented more than 50 instances of poop within a 10-block area.
“Where do 600 people go to the bathroom every day?” DDA Chairman Marc Sarnoff said, according to the Herald. “Well, here’s a map to show you where 600 people go to the bathroom every day.”
Why is the poop causing such a stir?
“We invest money to keep downtown clean and safe,” Jose Goyanes, who owns a barbershop, two beauty supply stores and two buildings in the area, told CNN. “But we have a crisis now.”
Goyanes told CNN that he is one of the map’s proud creators. With the help of a friend and former homeless person privy to the poop “hotspots,” Goyanes said he drove around Miami in a pickup truck taking photos of human excrement.
An unfortunate — and (WARNING) potentially offensive — music video from Goyanes followed. He posted it on YouTube to raise awareness about Miami’s poop problem, he told CNN.
How did Goyanes know he was documenting human feces and not dog poop?
“The size of some of them!” he told CNN. “It would have to be a Sasquatch to do that. Unless we have six-foot-tall dogs, I find it difficult to think it was bears or cats rummaging in a metropolitan area of downtown Miami.”
With the poop map appearing, Ron Book, chairman of the homeless trust, told the Herald that he’d step down from his position before wasting money on frivolous programs to curb human waste. He called the criticism of his agency “political,” adding that his detractors “ignore the facts” and are motivated by “their own selfish business motives” for promoting initiatives that have been found not to work.
“I don’t think much of their poop map,” Book told CNN. “These folks think I’m supposed to divert scarce resources and be on poop patrol and clean up after homeless folks. My priority is homes and getting people off the streets, not providing poop stations.”