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Former public restroom under bridge in New York City.

NYC TikToker Helps You Find Public Bathrooms

After starting an interactive map to show public bathroom locations around the city, Teddy Siegel now advocates for local bills that expand public restroom access.

March 26, 2024 - Next City

Blue and white Throne portable bathroom in an outdoor location.

Public Restroom Pilot Launched at Three LA Train Stations

The city’s transit stations are notoriously devoid of restrooms, shade, and other amenities while riders face long waits.

October 26, 2023 - Mass Transit

Portland Loo modular gray public bathroom booth sits on concrete slab with green lawn and tree in background in a park in Portland, Oregon

New York City Parks Getting Modular Public Bathrooms

The ‘Portland Loo,’ named after its birth city, is designed to withstand year-round weather and resist vandalism.

March 1, 2023 - Curbed

Blue "Public Restrooms" sign with arrow against a blue sky

Uproar Over San Francisco’s $1.7 Million Toilet

Critics question why a single-toilet public bathroom could cost the city close to $2 million and take two years to build.

October 24, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

"NO Public Restroom" sign on restaurant window

Opinion: Opening Restrooms to Public Is Good for Business

For many people with chronic illnesses, access to public restrooms can be a critical medical issue. Incentivizing businesses to open their restrooms can fill a critical gap in U.S. cities.

October 9, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Public Toilet

San Francisco’s Tenderloin Makes a Compelling Case for Public Restroom Programs

San Francisco’s Pit Stop program, which provides public restroom facilities to vulnerable and unhoused residents, has helped contribute to a decline in feces-related service calls in the Tenderloin.

September 7, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

A group of socially distanced tents for the homeless are set up on a parking lot in San Francisco's Civic Center.

Cities Need More Public Bathrooms–Well Beyond the Pandemic

COVID-19 laid bare the dismal state of public bathrooms in America, and some cities stepped up to add more facilities. But why remove them while the need remains?

August 30, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

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Opinion: Keep Public Toilets at L.A. Homeless Encampments

The city is planning to remove the hundreds of public toilets and hand-washing stations installed during the pandemic. But the need for them isn't going away.

August 3, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Philadelphia Homeless

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Philadelphia Leaves City Scrambling

Philadelphia isn't the first city to deal with a Hepatitis A outbreak after wavering on the question of whether to deploy public bathrooms and hygiene stations

August 2, 2019 - PlanPhilly

Downtown Los Angeles

Bad News for L.A.'s Homelessness Strategy: Public Restroom Plan Falls Apart

The city's failure to deliver public restrooms is not the first sign of trouble for its sweeping homelessness plan, but it’s a painful one for the residents of Skid Row.

June 5, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

California Homeless

Lessons From San Diego's Hepatitis A Outbreak

Voice of San Diego reports in detail about the months of warning San Diego officials had about the spread of Hepatitis A in public areas around the city. Still, prevention measures took a back seat to bureaucracy.

September 27, 2017 - Voice of San Diego

Gender Neutral Bathroom

Gender Neutral Bathrooms Designs Respond to Controversial North Carolina Law

While the Justice Department and North Carolina duke it out over proper access to bathrooms, many places, including the White House, have designed gender-neutral bathrooms that address many of the problems associated with sex-segregated bathrooms.

May 12, 2016 - The New York Times

Portland Perfects the Public Toilet

Portland's progressive urbanism - from its smart growth restrictions, to its revived historic Pearl District and bicycle infrastructure - are the envy of cities across America. Could the city's new sustainable public toilet be its next export?

September 3, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

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October 26, 2011 - Ki Kim

Friday Funny: Open-Source Bathrooms?

A yet-to-be-released iPhone app will give users access to a Google Maps overlay showing the location of the nearest private bathrooms that your friends (and friends of friends) have agreed to let you use.

September 9, 2011 - Popular Science

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