PHILADELPHIA — When you've got to go, you've got to go.
And doing so in Philadelphia can be difficult depending on where you are.
Luckily, the city is rolling out its first public restroom in Center City.
Called the "Portland Loo," a public toilet is being installed at the corner of 15th and Arch streets by 2023.
According to the city, the Portland Loo is a stand-alone restroom and is known for being durable, easy to clean, and having a crime prevention design features like graffiti-proof wall panels.
These restrooms are ADA accessible and can fit a bicycle, a stroller, or two adults and a child.
"The need for public restrooms in Philadelphia is currently being addressed with portable restrooms in key areas," the city said. "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."
While the first Portland Loo as part of the pilot will be in Center City, other locations are planned.
The city’s five-year budget funds six Portland Loos in total, each installed in a different neighborhood outside Center City.
The public will have more chances for engagement and input as the pilot expands in the future.
Community members interested in updates on the program can go online here or email email@example.com to stay connected.
According to the city, a survey on public restrooms revealed 89 percent of respondents saw a new permanent public restroom as a positive amenity.
See the full results of the survey here.
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