Seattle's Purchase of a Portland Loo Is Getting Flushed

UPDATE: But Seattle mayor plans to rescue public toilet with public money.


Why does Washington keep rejecting Oregon's gifts? First, the state refused our bridge-and-light rail overture. And now Seattle is on the verge of spurning the Portland Loo.Seattle's possible purchase of a loo for its downtown Pioneer Square got plenty of media attention this spring. But the sale is falling apart. The real-estate developer who was supposed to buy the $90,000 stainless-steel toilet ...   More
Friday, September 20, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: All the News That Fits in a Bootleg Loo.

Gay-marriage opponents are already behind in the spending race to repeal Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. The group seeking to overturn the ban, Oregon United for Marriage, launched a drive to col   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

City of Portland Sues Roseburg Toilet Company Over Lookalike Loo


The City of Portland is suing a Roseburg company for copyright infringement for selling a knockoff Portland Loo. The city sued Romtec, Inc., a restroom manufacturer 178 miles south of Portland, in U.S. District Court yesterday for trademark violation on Portland's patented public toilet.WW first reported in May that while city officials are struggling to sell the Portland Loo to other cities, Romtec ...   More
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 AARON MESH

Money Bucket

Portland wants every city to have its patented toilet.

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Anne Peterson is a problem solver. She may not look like one—her dyed maroon hair and gold-rimmed sunglasses hint at her second life as a “Burner” (one who regularly attends Burning Man)��   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Sells Another Loo to Canada


Canucks can't get enough of the Portland Loo. The City of Portland has sold its third patented stainless steel, open-air public toilet to another town. This time it's Nanaimo, British Columbia—a city known for its bar district and bathtub-boat racing on Vancouver Island. The sale price is $90,750, according to officials at the city's Bureau of Environmental Services, which manages the Loo. That's ...   More
Friday, May 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Somebody Pulled a Portland Loo Door Off


The city's first Portland Loo was out of commission this weekend after someone pulled the metal door partly off its hinges last Thursday morning. "We've got a Loo down," Anne Peterson, who manages the city's six Loos for the Bureau of Environmental Services, told her colleagues Thursday, April 18.  A city-contracted janitor found the door hanging off its hinges at the Loo on the corner Northwest ...   More
Monday, April 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Alaska Would Like to Buy a Portland Loo, Please

Randy Leonard loo

 The city's Bureau of Environmental Services has sold a second Portland Loo—to Ketchikan, Alaska. The Ketchikan Gateway Bureau has ordered one of the city's patented stainless steel, solar-powered, open-air public toilets. But Portland can't complete the sale until the City Council gives environmental services director Dean Marriott the power to sign off on deals. The council is scheduled to ...   More
Monday, February 18, 2013 AARON MESH

City Selects Two Sites for New Portland Loos

Randy Leonard loo

Visitors to the North Park Blocks and South Park Blocks in downtown Portland will soon have a new place to relieve themselves. City officials have selected those sites for two new Portland loos.Commissioner Randy Leonard, who heads the  Water Bureau, says the sites were chosen after consulting with the Downtown Neighborhood Association. But he acknowledges controversy could still erupt after other ...   More
Thursday, June 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City, Residents Scout Locations for Randy Leonard's Next Portland Loo

Randy Leonard loo

City Commissioner Randy Leonard's effort to defend Portland from unhygienic tinklers continued today as city and downtown neighborhood officials scouted for new locations to build two public toilets, or "loos." There's about $152,000 in the general fund devoted to the new toilets. "We're just basically trying to do a little outreach, keep the neighborhood as a stakeholder and see what the sense is ...   More
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 COREY PAUL

The Pearl Doesn't Want Your Stinkin' Public Restroom

The Portland Water Bureau's installation of a Portland Loo—a freestanding public toilet designed and patented by the city—at the edge of Jamison Square Park is not being welcomed by some Pearl District residents. The Loo, which will give the children and parents who flock to the park's fountain in summer a much-needed bathroom and help area shopkeepers deal with a constant stream of ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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