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Philadelphia To Install Standalone Public Toilets as Part of Pilot Program

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PHILADELPHIA (77WABC) — Philadelphia will be installing a “Portland Loo” at 15th and Arch streets at some point in 2023.

The public restroom installation is part of the city’s plan to erect a total of six standalone toilets in different parts of the city.

“Public restrooms are a great way to improve quality of life and protect public health, and like many U.S. cities Philadelphia needs more,” Kathleen Grady, Chief of Staff, Managing Director’s Office – Health and Human Services, said in a statement to NBC10. “We are excited to install a free-standing public restroom in Center City next year, after receiving valuable input from individuals, businesses, and civic groups.”

According to a Health and Human Services blog post posted on the City’s website, Philadelphia’s five-year budget funds six of the public toilets, each in a different neighborhood, as part of a pilot program.

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