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Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« on: February 02, 2012, 03:17:57 AM »
Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed



Ever attempt to find a public restroom while visiting downtown Jacksonville for an extended period of time?  You'll have better luck walking up to a leprechaun holding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. For Portland, Oregon, using public restrooms is not a matter of necessity, it's an act of civic pride. Portland is home to the Portland Loo, a 24-hour accessible outdoor restroom built to be usable but not too comfortable. As a city council taskforce searches for solutions to improve Hemming Plaza's environment, here is a look at a public amenity worth adding to downtown's public spaces.

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 05:33:45 AM »
Public, Private, Partnership?  I've got to go.

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 06:25:56 AM »
what r they doing for maintenance that cost a grand a month?

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 07:34:29 AM »
When I was in Pittsburgh, they had a really cool bathroom solution in the Southside.  You pay a quarter and it lets you in and once you go to the bathroom and leave it washes all the walls.  Not sure exactly how it worked, but people loved it.  Pretty cool though

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 07:53:37 AM »
Been to those options in Amsterdam...fantastic.
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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 10:13:19 AM »
Are there enough people walking the streets of Jacksonville to warrant this? 

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 10:28:27 AM »
Are there enough people walking the streets of Jacksonville to warrant this?

Maybe a lack of pedestrian infrastructure is a reason for no people? Ya think??

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 10:49:26 AM »
It is very fitting that "peestandingup" commented on this!

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 11:07:04 AM »
It is very fitting that "peestandingup" commented on this!

In prison, I was known as "peesittingdown". Don't ask. ;D

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 11:14:00 AM »
Are there enough people walking the streets of Jacksonville to warrant this? 

I don't think there's a need to place them on every street corner but there's more than enough foot traffic in specific locations like Hemming Plaza and the riverwalks.
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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 11:38:27 AM »
It would be interesting to compare the costs of this solution to the capital and O&M costs of the bathrooms on the northbank riverwalk under the acosta bridge.
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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 11:41:47 AM »
well the guy on the bike is stealing all the toilet paper

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 12:15:09 PM »
Tough to be a woman who "has to go" in Amsterdam. :-)

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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2012, 08:17:41 PM »
Boston has the pay-a-quarter public toilets as well (completely hygenic): 


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Re: Portland Loo: Success where others have Failed
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2012, 10:03:26 PM »
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...with an annual maintenance fee of $12,000.

Well there goes ANY chance of Jacksonville ever embracing this idea.