Vote To Name Philadelphia’s New Public Restrooms
Vote to Name Philadelphia’s Public Restrooms
One could argue that Philadelphia is a city that doesn’t want for much. It has a little bit of everything a good city has: sports teams and passionate fans, history, culture, tourism, innovation, great restaurants, I could go on. But one thing Philly doesn’t have is enough public restrooms. And let’s face it, accessible restrooms are really important. Especially when many coffee shops and convenience stores lock theirs for customer use only.
According to Thrillist, the city with the most public restrooms per capita is Paris. The worst? New York City. Good Lord, let’s do better than NYC.
Creating Solutions Instead of Problems
The Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development acknowledges Philly’s bathroom problem and is creating solutions instead of contributing to the problem, but the office needs your help. The plan, according to Phila.gov, is to install six units over the next five years, each unit will be placed in a different neighborhood. Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on locations, as well as share any concerns.
One main concern for city-dwellers and workers is, what are these things going to look like and how are they going to stay clean? The city has decided to use the “Portland Loo” model, which sounds pretty cool. According to PortlandLoo.com:
Free and accessible around the clock, The Portland Loo® is designed specifically to prevent problems that are commonly experienced with public toilets. The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating. And, they’re easy to clean, with commonly used components that are easy to replace or upgrade. First installed over 10 years ago, The Portland Loo® has proven to be a durable and inexpensive solution to keep your city clean and crime-free.
Hey, Philly! @PHLPublicHealth needs your vote to name the City’s public restrooms!— PHL's Department of Planning & Development (@PHLPlanDevelop) June 26, 2023
The restrooms will be installed in different neighborhoods over five years. What do you think they should be named?
Voting closes Thursday, June 29 at 5pm! 🗳️https://t.co/siQDMahQIr pic.twitter.com/R2qZgqScCn
Vote to Name Philadelphia’s Public Restrooms:
While they look and sound cool, these potties can’t be called “Portland” in Philadelphia, so what do we call them? That’s where you come in, XTUNation. Visit this page to vote for your favorite. Choices include:
Philly Public Restroom
As expected, the Twitter-verse has chimed in with their own creative names like Liberty Latrine, Bathroom McBathroomface, and my personal favorite, Porta Jawn. (I mean, how did they miss that one?!)
Don’t forget to VOTE before polling closes on Thursday, June 30th.