What you need to know
- Philadelphia will install Portland Lou at 15th and Arch Streets at some point in 2023.
- The installation of the public toilet is part of the city’s plan to build a total of six stand-alone toilets in different parts of the city.
- “Public restrooms are a great way to improve quality of life and protect public health, and like many cities across the U.S., Philadelphia needs more,” Kathleen Grady, chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services, told NBC10 in a statement.
Finding where to go when you need to go it’s not always the easiest to do in Philadelphia, especially since the start of the COVID pandemic.
Now the city management of health and social services is trying to change this by placing the so-called.Portland Lou“toilets in key parts of the city.
“Public restrooms are a great way to improve quality of life and protect public health, and like many cities across the U.S., Philadelphia needs more,” Kathleen Grady, chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services, told NBC10 in a statement. “We are delighted to be installing a freestanding public toilet in the town center next year after receiving valuable input from individuals, businesses and community groups.”
According to a Health and Human Services blog post, Philadelphia’s five-year budget is funding six public restrooms, each in a different neighborhood, as part of a pilot program posted on the city’s website the last month.
“The goal of the public restroom pilot project is to provide a permanent option that is more attractive to a wide range of people — including families, tourists, businesses and underserved individuals,” HHS said in a news release.
The first restroom — these self-contained units look like tall, oval-shaped metal capsules with open shutters at the top — will be located in the shadow of City Hall at 15th and Arch streets downtown at some point in 2023. Have had temporary pots in place for the past year or so, the city said.
“The location of 15th and Arch was analyzed to ensure that it met the technical constraints for the Portland Loo installation, including the size of available space, land ownership, proximity to intersections and curbs, and connections to water, sewer and electricity,”, – the message says.
On its website, Portland Loo claims that “the proof is in the pot” when it comes to crime prevention, maintenance and ease of installation.
The city explained more about why it chose Portland Loo:
“The Portland Loo is known for its durability, ease of cleaning and crime deterrent design features such as graffiti-proof wall panels. The unit is ADA accessible and can accommodate a bicycle, a stroller, or two adults and a child.”
HHS Philadelphia is is open for further public comment as the pilot program continues.
“This pilot will expand in the coming years to create six public restrooms across Philadelphia, complete with safety and maintenance plans and accessible design,” Grady said.