Portland, Oregon, spent $250,000 to reinvent the public toilet – and it worked

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If you’ve ever used a public toilet, you probably wish you held the urge until you got home.

They’re unclean, smelly, and often serve as de facto homes for homeless people.

Thankfully, the city of Portland, Oregon, has reinvented the staple facility of urban centers, festivals, and campgrounds. And the new public toilet only cost $250,000 to develop.

The Portland Loo isn’t the futuristic, self-cleaning bathroom you might imagine. A weathered-looking steel shell wraps around a single toilet bowl. There’s no sink or running water. Grates at the top and bottom of the structure allow onlookers to see in; though a “blind spot” …

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