You may know that The Portland Loo isn’t just in Portland; there are several cities around the globe that host the unique standalone public restroom. In fact, the Portland Loo has been so popular in Canada, it was voted Best Bathroom in Canada several years ago! The win of the restroom that is sometimes referred to as “Langley Street Loo” in Victoria BC, was a victory over other celebrated washrooms all over the country.
Access to safe public restrooms are vital to a city’s cleanliness and health. The bottom line is that any city is full of people, and people need bathrooms! And if there isn’t access to bathrooms, then people will be forced to find other places to go. Whether that’s the Starbucks on the corner, or literally on the street corner. Here are just more reasons why restrooms that are available 24-hours a day, like The Portland Loo, are so important to a city’s health:
We’re proud that we were able to work with Portland City staff and officials to develop The Portland Loo, which is the name of the freestanding restrooms you can see on some of Portland’s busiest sidewalks. Of course our sustainably-minded city loves the off-grid solar-powered components! These and other features helped the city get their first patent for the design, which was devised to discourage crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating. They look pretty sleek and modern too, even though the first one was installed over 10 years ago! Since then, Portland has become pretty famous for many more things you’ll likely find on its sidewalks: