Portland’s famous stand-alone bathroom, The Portland Loo, was developed by Madden Fabrication in conjunction with the City of Portland. Free and accessible around the clock, the Loos are designed specifically to prevent problems that are commonly experienced with public toilets. The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating. And, they’re easy to clean, with commonly used components that are easy to replace or upgrade. First installed over 10 years ago, The Portland Loo has proven to be a durable and inexpensive solution to keep your city clean and crime-fee.

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Prevents Crime

The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating that allows you to see if and how many people are inside.

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Easy to Clean & Maintain

The coating on the steel wall panels makes it simple to clean with a hose, and all plumbing and building components are common and easy to replace or upgrade.

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Inexpensive to Install and Run

It can be delivered on site as a complete enclosure, and requires minimal utilities that can operate on solar power or low level volt power.

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  • Mayor Andy Adams, City of Campbell River – In-The-News Review August 29, 2019
    We could have paid for the Portland Loo in what we’re spending for repairs and maintenance on the existing facility. Having seen the Portland Loos that are in Nanaimo and in Bastion Square in Victoria and some other locations, had council made the decision five or six years ago to purchase this, we probably could […]
  • Kevin Brooks, City of Campbell River – In-The-News Review August 29, 2019
    The others couldn’t ensure the safety we needed. One of the key things in regard to downtown washroom facilities that you’re seeing throughout North America is the ability for sight lines, ensuring the safety of the people using the washroom but also ensuring that if people are inside the washroom and are unconscious, people can […]
  • Charles R. Broad, DID Executive Director – Reading, PA – In-The-News Review August 26, 2019
    You can see enough to help prevent crime and keep the place clean. You can see feet and determine if there is more than one person in there for crime prevention reasons,” Broad said. “No water source inside, so they can’t bathe in there. The place to clean their hands is outside. Reading seeks state […]
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Can an Innovative Public restroom Reduce Waste Along the River?

Published in This Is Reno People are pooping in the Truckee River. Increasing homeless encampments in recent years have led to more debris, garbage and excrement along—and in—the river. It’s


5 Reasons We Love The Loo’s Steel Paneled Walls

The Portland Loo is a public bathroom developed by the City of Portland to keep the city clean and discourage illicit activity. That means we had to make the bathroom


Parks Department May Shrink Costly bathrooms to Save Cash

Published in The City The Parks Department is looking to curb the cost of constructing new public bathrooms — by making them smaller. Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver Tuesday said the


Telegraph must implement a 24-hour public restroom to restore dignity of neighborhood

Published in The Daily Californian The Telegraph district is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the East Bay, home to a diverse cross-section of Berkeleyans. As the densest neighborhood


Esquimalt, BC, Interview with Rick Daykin

We’ve often mentioned how The Portland Loo was voted Best Bathroom in Canada several years ago due to the famous “Langley Street Loo” located just north of us in Victoria


Emeryville Loves The Portland Loo Too!

There are now over 20 Portland Loos located in Portland, helping to keep the city clean and crime-free! But Portland isn’t the only city benefiting from the silver sleek standalone


Report Outlines Strategies for Cities to Better Serve the Health of Their Residents

Published in City Parks Alliance Active Parks, Healthy Cities distills the findings of the National Study of Neighborhood Parks into four major recommendation categories: Programming, Design, Marketing and Outreach, and


Uncomfortable public loos coming to King County

Published in The Columbian SEATTLE — In these coarse times, it costs money to keep the appearance of a civilized society. At the Ballard Commons, in the heart of Seattle’s


It’s austere and uncomfortable. That’s precisely the reason the ‘Portland Loo’ is finding a home in King County

Published in The Seattle Times In these coarse times, it costs money to keep the appearance of a civilized society. At the Ballard Commons, in the heart of Seattle’s historic


City awaits toilets for downtown public restroom project

Published in Austin Monitor Austin’s first permanent public restroom project downtown has been pushed back several months due to problems in the manufacturing process. Portland Loo, the company that makes


Ballard Commons Portland Loo nears completion

Published in My Ballard The new permanent toilet at Ballard Commons Park is almost ready for business. The pricey Portland Loo cost the city $550,000, and has been in the works


The Portland Loo is Proud to be Gender-Neutral

The Portland Loo is a public bathroom developed by the City of Portland that serves many different community sectors from tourists and visitors to runners and the homeless population. And

Portland Loo Yet to Find Permanent Home in Albuquerque

Published in KRQE ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An expensive restroom that was supposed to bring relief to people in downtown Albuquerque has yet to find a permanent home. In 2018,


City of Campbell River to spend $200,000 on installing pre-fab washroom downtown

Published in Campbell River Mirror Toilet is designed to discourage vagrancy, withstand and deter vandalism and be easier to maintain. The City of Campbell River is hoping a fancy new


Why Does No One Give a Crap About Seattle’s Public Restrooms?

Published in Seattle Met “Missing toilet seat and lid,” “floor completely covered in debris,” “syringe parts in toilet”—these are just a few of the observed health and safety issues with


Reading Seeks State Grant to Make Repairs to Downtown Courtyards

Published in Reading Eagle The spot in the 600 block of Penn Street also could get restroom facilities to deal with a particular problem in the area. One of the


City Buys “Anti-Crime Toilets” For Park

Published in ClearLink Plagued by continued vandalism, crime and drug use at one of its parks, the city of Shoreline, Washington purchased $115,000 worth of single occupancy restrooms built to


Public Toilets Are a Necessity For The Housed And Unhoused

Published in Real Charge Director's Corner | Timothy Harris, founding director While Seattle’s City Council elections are deeply polarized around how the city should approach the crisis of unsheltered homelessness,


How To Find A Public Restroom In Portland (and Elsewhere!)

Whether you’re a runner, tourist, or just out and about seeing the sites in Portland, you may be wondering where the public restrooms are. One of your obvious options is

City Opens Bidding on $500,000 Public restroom Project for Downtown Davis

Published in Fox40 DAVIS -- Davis city leaders say they found the answer to cleaner, more accessible public restrooms. The city of Davis wants to take a concept that garnered


Construction Starts for Portland Loo at Ballard Commons

Published in My Ballard The long-awaited, $550,000 toilet is finally being installed in Ballard Commons Park. Seattle Parks is installing the permanent toilet, called the Portland Loo, because a public


Downtown Business Oppose Plans to Put Public Toilet On or Near OLD Courthouse Square

Published in The Press Democrat The absence of a public restroom on Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square can pose a dilemma for parents with young kids struggling to hold it,

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Portland Loos Around The World

Most Portlanders are familiar with The Portland Loo, and have seen the silver rounded public restroom on several spots around town. The Loo has a unique look and a small


Public Restrooms Delayed

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New Green Innovations In Toilets

When The Portland Loo was designed with the primary goal of having a lasting solution that would keep the city clean and discourage crime, one of the many solutions for

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Who Most Benefits From Public City Toilets Like The Loo

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Bathrooms Around The World Where You Don’t Wanna “Go”

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Why Charleston’s $125,000 Crime-Fighting Toilet Could Set a New Standard

Published in The Post and Courier The new restroom at James Island’s Ferguson Village Park was installed two weeks ago. It cost $125,000 and had been a request of the

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Portland Loo – Smithers, CA, Interview with Mayor Taylor Bachrach

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Sound Transit is taking over the downtown transit tunnel. What are its plans for the vacant Westlake Station kiosk?

Published in The Seattle Times When King County Metro removed its buses from Seattle’s downtown transit tunnel last month, Metro also abandoned its part-time customer-service kiosk inside Westlake Station. The

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The Portland Loo’s 5 Favorite Potty Training Songs

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Renovations Begin at Downtown Salinas Transit Center

Published in KION5/46 Construction has officially begun at the Monterey-Salinas Transit's Salinas Center. The project is the first major remodel since its opening 30 years ago. "I think it's a great idea.

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The Portland Loo Versus Other City Toilets

The Portland Loo was designed in cooperation with the city of Portland to keep the city clean and discourage crime. Every feature was purposely designed to create a self-contained solution


Where the Plazas Are in the City of Monterey–and How to Preserve Their Charm

Published in Visitors sometimes think that Cannery Row is downtown Monterey, but that’s not so. Below you’ll learn about plazas in each of these distinctive areas of the City

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According to estimates from the Population Research Center at Portland State University, Oregon added 54,200 new residents during the year that ended July 1, 2018. And even though that’s down

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Mt. Lebanon Library Program to Feature Author of Book About Bathroom

Published in The Almanac Authors often come up with topics that tend to take people by surprise. “When you say you’re writing a book about public bathroom access,” Canadian writer


The Clever Reason Portland’s Public Toilets Offer Little Privacy

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Seattle Auditor: Not enough public restrooms in Seattle for homeless

Published in KomoNews SEATTLE — More public restrooms are needed to handle the unsheltered homeless population in Seattle. That’s according to the Seattle City Auditor, who presented the quarterly report


‘Waterloo’: Downtown public restrooms scheduled to come online in November

Published in Community Impact Newspaper Dubbed the “Waterloo,” a pair of new, stainless steel, solar-paneled public restrooms could be ready for use by Nov. 8, according to the city’s public


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Published in Real Charge The prosaically named “Review of Navigation Team 2018 Quarter 2 Report” was released by the City Auditor this month, but don’t let the uninspired title keep

A Public Toilet Made For Maintenance

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‘Civic responsibility’ or crime magnet? Historic Sacramento park likely to get public bathroom

Published in The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento City Council is poised to grant an amenity homeless activists have requested for years — a restroom in downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza. But

Why 24-Hr Bathrooms Help Keep the City Healthy

Access to safe public restrooms are vital to a city’s cleanliness and health. The bottom line is that any city is full of people, and people need bathrooms! And if

D.C.’s Downtown Was a Public Bathroom Desert. That Could Soon Change

Published in Citylab Homeless activists pushed Washington D.C. to pass expansive public restroom legislation. Now the city is moving to increase toilet access for the public. Over three months in

Ballard Commons to receive ‘Portland Loo’ before next summer

Published in My Ballard The Ballard Commons Park will soon have a permanent public restroom — the Portland Loo will be installed at the park by summer 2019. The plan for the

Monterey-Salinas Transit to offer more public restroom options in downtown Salinas

Published in KION 5/46 SALINAS, Calif. - The restrooms at Salinas Transit Center see a lot of action throughout the day, as one of the only public restrooms in downtown Salinas. "It is very

Arvada Opens Public Restroom in Olde Town

Published in Arvada Press The first public restroom in Olde Town Arvada, located at the Olde Town Transit Station Plaza, officially opened for use Oct. 16. “This is a pretty

Guest Blog: When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go…But Where?

Published in DC Fiscal Policy Institute By John McDermott, George Olivar, Janet Sharp, and Marcia Bernbaum, People for Fairness Coalition (PFFC) Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative Regardless of who we are,

When Nature Calls…

Published in There’s a lot to do, but no place to go—this may be the worst-kept secret of the urban experience. You’re planning a day in the Mile Square.

App helps 100k people locate nearest public toilet

Published in Global Times A China cloud platform has helped 100,000 people find the nearest public bathrooms when they were in need, but citizens called for an improvement in the

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