Here’s a solution to Rochester’s downtown bathroom problem: The Portland Loo.
They’re so awesome, they have a Facebook fan club. The utilitarian steel structures don’t have any frills, such as sinks and mirrors, but there’s room for artwork on the doors. The patented, solar-powered bathrooms can withstand fires. They’re designed to make you want to do your business and get out. The Atlantic noted the openings at the top and bottom:
It may make the water closet look like a cage for a gorilla, but these apertures have critical importance. Cops can peep in near the ground to make sure there’s no more than one set of feet inside. The openings also help sound flow freely, letting pedestrians hear the grunts and splashes of the person inside and the person inside hear the footsteps and conversation of pedestrians. Nobody wants to stick around such a toilet for long.
A single Portland Loo costs about $100,000. Perhaps the downtown business district would be willing to sponsor a couple. They would certainly be an improvement to the ugly, green stalls outside the Sibley building.
How about it?