Miami's Portland Loo

From WikiAlpha
Jump to: navigation, search

There has been controversy over Miami's Portland Loo, and the issue of homelessness, and their lack of safe and clean places to leave their biological waste.[1][2]

In 2015 human rights activists published a "poop map", documenting how serious the problem of human waste on Miami's streets.[3]

When Miami installed a Portland Loo some commentators criticized the unit for the expense of routing water and sewage pipes.[4]


  1. Johnny Diaz (2018-09-19). "Gotta go? Miami opens permanent public bathroom in downtown". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-11-08. "The sleek facility, which looks like an elongated kiosk or booth, includes a toilet, sink, a safe needle disposal area. There’s also an attendant." 
  2. Joey Flechas (2018-09-19). "While Miami tries to end protection of homeless from police, city debuts public toilet". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-11-08. "The restroom helps people who in the past had fewer places to relieve themselves. The lack of options has been well-documented in recent years, including a “poop map” created by the downtown authority that documented human feces and urine found in public around downtown. A pilot portable toilet program was deemed successful in attracting more than 100 flushes a day and keeping the streets cleaner, so much so that officials moved forward with the permanent restroom. Construction on the permanent toilet began in April." 
  3. Fred Grimm (2015-05-18). "The squabble that put Miami on the (poop) map". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-11-08. "Yet this map, first reported by my colleague David Smiley (I hesitate at using the term “scoop”) may have been the DDA’s single greatest publicity coup. First local news sites, then national media outlets like CNN, New York Daily News, Huffington Post and the Washington Post featured the DDA’s illustration of where you might not want to walk in downtown Miami." 
  4. Joe Schaeffer (2018-09-23). "Progressive Insanity: Free Heroin And $300,000 Bathrooms For The Homeless: Exactly what the homeless need, an overpriced toilet and free drugs". Liberty Nation. Retrieved 2018-11-08. "But Miami isn’t the only victim of the Portland Loo. The city of San Diego’s experiment with Portland Loos also turned into a fiasco."