Hillary Clinton visits public toilets at Mercy Corps site in Indonesia

By Phlush | February 21, 2009

On Thursday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited a public toilet complex in the Petojo residential area in central Jakarta near where Obama lived as a boy.  The best part of this is that Portland-based Mercy Corps is a part of this USAID-funded project. It’s great to see USAID finally using our tax dollars…

Urban Restroom Design

By Phlush | February 20, 2009

This an appeal to urban planners to pay more attention to ways public restrooms enhance urban livability and to architects and engineers to rethink toilet design. Toilet availability plays a key role in urban livability. Planning for restrooms in public areas has not, however, received the attention it deserves and has resulted in a public…

Meeting at Floyd’s Coffee Shop

By Phlush | February 17, 2009

Here we are all learning to blog!

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By Phlush | July 6, 2019

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GottaGo! campaigning for public toilets in Ottawa

By Phlush | May 15, 2014

This guest blog post is from Joan Kuyek of GottaGo!. The GottaGo! campaign in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, is advocating for a network of open clean, accessible public toilets and water fountains in key places in the region. Currently, the only public toilets in Ottawa are in recreation centres, libraries and large parks. When the programming…

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