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Jamison Square needs a Portland Loo.

The Pearl District, Portland’s icon of New Urbanism still does not have a single public restroom on its pedestrian friendly streets!   How can this be? We’re not talking about Starbucks here.  We’re talking about the commons: toilet facilities that serve residents and visitors in shared spaces such as sidewalks and public parks. Jamison Square, the lovely, whole block, city park with an interactive fountain located in the heart of the District now has the opportunity to have a Portland Loo. According to Neighborhood Notes, the Planning, Transportation and Design review Committee of Pearl District Neighborhood Association has been working with the city to identify a location adjacent to sewer lines, to sun for the solar panels and where the Loo will not block lines of sight from nearby restaurants. The proposed corner of NW 11th and NW Johnson seems ideal to us.   The Loo would take the place of a parking space if this can be worked out with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Unfortunately there is push back.  Some people don’t like the idea that it will be available 24/7.   Pearl District residents should take a look at the prototype Loo on NW Glisan between 5th and 6th.   It the Portland Loo can work so well at this Old Town Chinatown location, it can work at Jamison Square.    But the neighboring community must take ownership and make it work, as the Old Town Chinatown community appears to have done.


Is the Queen City ready to PHLUSH?

No matter one's position in life, the title of that old children's book applies: "Everyone Poops." From a manual laborer all the way to royalty, nature's call is one we all must answer - sometimes more urgently than others! That's why even The Queen City must admit that she's ready…

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PHLUSH is looking for volunteers!

Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising…

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Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

June 29, 2020 The re-opening of the economy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic depends on the successful re-opening of toilet facilities. Retail businesses, manufacturing firms, trade workshops, food-processing units, schools and universities, and government institutions must protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And they are in a position to support…

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