Philadelphia adding standalone toilets over next several years

2022-09-24 02:22:50 By : Ms. cherry chen

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Philadelphia will be installing standalone toilets over the next five years.

Video above: Reporter asks residents what they think of the new restrooms.

The city is trying to provide more public restrooms in key areas.

The first of the new toilets, called Portland Loo restrooms, will open next year at 15th and Arch streets in Center City. It will sit right across from Love Park, where many in the homeless community gather every day.

According to a statement on the city of Philadelphia's website:

"The need for public restrooms in Philadelphia is currently being addressed with portable restrooms in key areas. The goal of the public restroom pilot is to provide a permanent option that is more attractive to a broad group of people – including families, tourists, businesses, and underserved individuals."

City officials say the Portland Loo has been installed in more than 20 cities. They say it is durable, easy to clean and has crime prevention design features such as graffiti-proof wall panels.

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