Miami recently revealed its very first permanent public bathroom today. For those who want to find relief in their own homes, this website has a variety of bathroom and shower tiles, but for those who unfortunately find themselves in the same situation in downtown Miami, “The Portland Loo” may just be a lifesaver.
The Portland Loo will be open from 8:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening at 101 W. Flagler St. It just near the Metrorail station, which is just a short walk from the Miami-Dade Main Public Library. The facility looks like a booth, with its own sink, toilet, and safe needle area. It also has its own attendant. The local government mentioned on Twitter the loo is a basic and important amenity that would be available for all pedestrians in the city. This would be a great amenity for commuters, travellers, and the homeless.
The design was based after the public stand-alone bathroom in Portland, Oregon, which was developed in partnership with Madden Fabrication. Homeowners can have easy access various options to personalize their bathrooms like this website, but for the homeless, Portland’s bathroom is a good way to access their basic needs in the area. The bathroom was a response to the rising population of homeless individuals in Portland, and to avoid local businesses from being disturbed when they need to go to the loo. The United States and Canada are home to more than 20 loos.
Bathrooms are often overlooked and sometimes even forgotten, until one needs it. These public facilities provide relief and a safe place for everyone to relieve himself or herself wherever they are.
The city’s mayor Francis Suarez attended its official opening today for ribbon cutting, together with Ken Russel, commissioner for Miami, and commissioner Eileen Higgins from Miami-Dade. The mayor says that the facility shows the city’s efforts in providing basic services that would be accessible to everyone in the area.
The courthouse, the Government Centre, the public library, as well as Miami Dade College also have restrooms open for the public, together with the recently opened public bathroom. Some commercial establishments may also allow the use of their bathrooms.