San Diego yanks problem Portland Loo / Published in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Crews yanked out of the ground early this week a Portland Loo public restroom that was a magnet for crime and one of the more notorious financial boondoggles in recent San Diego history.

The loo, which operated for 13 months at 14th and L streets, was moved to the city’s storage yard and city officials say they have no plans to re-install it anywhere, anytime soon.

In addition to a 130 percent increase in police calls to the area around the restroom, city officials say maintenance and repair costs were more than double initial estimates.

A second loo at Park Boulevard and Market Street will remain in place because it hasn’t spurred such a crime increase, a city spokeswoman said.

The crime and maintenance problems for the loo at 14th and L worsened the city’s already bad experience with the loos, which had …

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