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 major problems the Reading Downtown Improvement District was grappling with this summer was homeless people using bushes and stairwells as their bathrooms.

DID Executive Director Charles R. Broad thinks he might have found a solution: the Portland Loo, a stainless steel standalone restroom measuring about a 10 feet by 8 feet.

There are louvers at the top and bottom of the structure to allow for light and air flow.

“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.”

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