PHLUSH in the News

October 30, 2015

The media covers PHLUSH activities and regularly seeks out members for comment.

‘A toilet is your face.’ Seattle ponders the perfect public pissoir. By Anna Boiko-Weyruch. KUOW. Seattle.  October 18, 2019.

“The Portland Loo.” The Record. KUOW. August 1, 2019.

The Politics of Going to the Bathroom.”  By Nathalie Shure. The Nation, May 27, 2019.

“Why public restrooms now? When you gotta go.” By Tom Julius. The Keene Sentinel. May 16, 2019.

“City plans for three new public restrooms.” By Lily Haight. The Leader. March 13, 2019.

“Dignity down the toilet: Public bathrooms as a human right”Ideas. Lezlie Lowe, contributor. CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio. March 6, 2019. 54 min.

“Port Angeles to assess restrooms: City Council member urges 24-hour access“. by Rob Ollikainen. Peninsula Daily News. January 31, 2019

Enhancing Water Stewardship with Waterless Toilets. Nature Now Episode #391.  KPTZ 91.5 FM.  Dec 19, 2018.  Paul Ruben interviews PHLUSH’s Carol McCreary.

No Place to Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs. By Lezlie Lowe. Coach House Books. Released Sept 14, 2018.

“Rage Against the Latrine”  Interview with No Place to Go author Lezlie Lowe. by Coach House Books. September 10, 2018.

“Public Washrooms, Walking to Work and Transit Stations“. By Sandy James. Price Tags. April 28, 2018.

“Pedestrian Pit Stops: Toronto’s Public Washroom Wasteland”. By Pat Doherty. The Walking Commuter. April 21, 2018.

“Finding a public toilet in NYC still difficult 10 years into program launch”. By Sarina Trangle, am New York February 5, 2018

“Portland Loos making a splash beyond city”.  Jim Redden. Portland Tribune. Feb 1, 2018.

“Public calls for composting toilets“. Kirk Boxleitner. The Port Townsend Leader. Jan 30, 2018.

We Need More Public Bathrooms! Amy Zelt. RobGreenfield.TV. D

“Cities Look To Public Restrooms To Clean Up Downtowns, Attract Tourists”. By Sarah Breitenbach. Huffington Post. September 5, 2017.

“Plans underway for all-gender restrooms in Cal Anderson Park: Because everybody need a place to pee safely.” By Sarah Anne Lloyd, Curbed Seattle, Feb 14, 2017.

“Portland converts 600 restrooms to gender-neutral, ‘all-user’.”  By Casey Parks. The Oregonian (Front Page!) September 22, 2016.

“Nearly 600 gender-neutral restrooms now available throughout Portland.” Fox 12 News. September 22, 2016.

Editorial: A vote for potty parity.”  Salisbury Post (North Carolina). April 5, 2016.

Seattle Parks & Recreation All Gender Restrooms / Changing Room Study (WC201547) Young Architecture. 31 March 2016.

Why New York City has a Public Bathroom Problem.” By Dan Nosowitz. Atlas Obscura. January 28, 2016.

“Sh*t Happens” in Pieces of Portland: An inside look at America’s weirdest city. By Marie Deatherage and Joyce Brekke. Quiltlandia, 2015.

Safe Stops: For Restroom Structures, Security is Crucial.” By Rick Dandes.  Recreation Management. October 2015.

“Don’t waste money policing public urinators—invest in public restrooms instead”. By Daniel Denvir. The Atlantic City Lab. July 21, 2015.

“Homeless People Have to Pee, Too. Find a Place for Them & Stop Complaining About It, You Monsters: New York’s two largest newspapers shamed a homeless man for urinating this week.”  By Ben Collins. The Daily Beast. July 20, 2015.

“Toilets” Interview with Gabriel Spitzer. Sound Effect. Episode #24 KNKX (former KPLU), Seattle. June 20, 2015.

“In Tony Hamptons Community, Plans for Potties Get Flushed” By Doug Feiden. The Wall Street Journal.  (Front Page!) April 27, 2015.

“How to Create the Perfect Public Restroom”. Ross Reynolds interviews PHLUSH’s Carol McCreary, KUOW, Seattle. Mar 4, 2015.

“Restroom sticker shock: Installation of Portland Loos cost San Diego more than twice initial estimate.” By David Garrick. San Diego Union-Tribune. Dec 26, 2014.

“Designing Bathrooms for the Homeless (and Everyone Else)”  By Nicholas Korody. Archinect. Sept 2, 2014. (Right to Relief is a PHLUSH collaboration.)

“Relief coming: City adding public toilets.” By David Garrick. San Diego Union-Tribune. July 27, 2014.

“The Big One: A Northwest Earthquake Survival Guide.”  By Randy Gragg. Portland Monthly. July, 2014.

Live interviews with Ron Corbett of Ottawa’s Radio Talk 580CFRA on May 6, 2014 and with Angela Kokatt of Calgary’s NewsTalk770 on May 7, 2014

“Praise for the Toilet Tsar.”  The Oxford Times. November 21, 2013.

“Bloomberg falls short on Public Restrooms.”  By Michael Gartland. New York Post. October 27, 2013.

“Do You Know Where You’ll Go Poo After a Big Earthquake?” By Nathan Gilles. The Portland Mercury. October 16, 2013.

“Searching for a proper public restroom.”  By Zachariah Bryan. Ballard News-Tribune.  July 31, 2013.

“A potty for all people.”  By Aaron Burkhalter. Real Change News. June 26, 2013.

“Students flush out ideas for more public restrooms.” By Kari Nelson.  Portland State Vanguard.  April 24, 2013.

“PSU students find lack of public restrooms in Portland for homeless population, city residents.”  By Sara Hottman.  The Oregonian.  April 5, 2013.

Loos and trash bins lacking in parts of Portland, but downtown is flush.” By Sara Hottman. The Oregonian. January 17, 2013.

“Potty Break: Chinatown tries to clean up its act with one new program, another in the works”  By Arvin Temkar. Monterey Bay Weekly. January 10, 2013.

A day to break toilet taboos.” By Sumedha Sood.  BBC Travelwise. November 16, 2012.

Safe, Accessible, Durable & Green — The Latest Trends in Restroom Structures” By Chris Gelbach.  Recreation Management. September, 2012.

“Portland Loo, a public toilet that skips to the head of its class“.  Los Angeles Times. August 29, 2012.  (Front page!)

WTO’s Jack Sim in Portland, June 2012

“When You Gotta Go. Portland Public Bathrooms: A Century of Holding It In.”  By Alex Zielinski. Portland Mercury. July 12, 2012.

PHLUSH hosts World Toilet Organization Leader Jack Sim.”  By Merlin Varaday.  Old Town Chinatown Crier.  Fall, 2012.

Portland Public Bathrooms: A Century of Holding It In.”  By Alex Zielinski.  Portland Mercury. 12, 2012

“Portland markets its solar-powered public toilet.”  By Steven Dubois (Associated Press).  San Diego Times-Union.  April 14, 2012.

“Northwest Portland students open fifth Portland Loo with songs about toilets.” By Molly Hottle.  The Oregonian.  January 31, 2012.

Portland Loo – 1st Flush – Portland Oregon. Video 12 min. By Guy Bodin. Feb 1, 2012

“No relief?  Park bathrooms on the city’s chopping block”  Street Roots. January 12, 2012.

“Emergency Sanitation”  Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. Various PHLUSH materials. 2011-present.

“Groovy Doo-Doo”   Clark County WA Regional Services Agency, Dec 14, 2011.

“Emergency Sanitation.”  Neighborhood Activist. NW Examiner. October 2011.

“PHLUSH Commemorates World Water Day.”  Neighborhood Activist. NW Examiner. April 2011.

Online exclusive: Portland’s new Loo: The pros and cons of Portland’s new Park Blocks restroom.  By Elizabeth Wilson. Portland State University Vanguard. Dec 3, 2010.

“City Celebrates World Toilet Day With First Flush”. Fox 12 TV. November 19, 2010.

“Newest Loo opens on World Toilet Day: Third public restroom will get a ceremonial first flush.” Portland Tribune. November 16, 2010.

“As two more Loos come to Portland, city officials and neighbors call them a success.” Mollie Hottle. The Oregonian. November 12, 2010.

“Toilet Troubles: Ready or Not, Here Come the Public Restrooms” Amanda Waldoupe. Portland Mercury. Jul 29, 2010.

“Let’s stay human with PHLUSH” Toilet Times (WTO, Singapore). December 2009.

Toilet Troubles: Ready or Not, Here Come the Public Restrooms
by Amanda Waldroupe  Portland Mercury, July 29, 2010.“Murmurs:  A Weekly Lemonade Stand Of Tart News.” Willamette Week, August 11, 2010″Toilet Troubles: Ready or Not, Here Come the Public Restrooms“. Amanda Waldroupe Portland Mercury, July 29, 2010.

“City says it found right balance of privy privacy” Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon.  Aug 6, 2009.

“When you gotta go, where do you go?” Greater Greater Washington. Lynda Laughlin. April 28, 2009.

“Prototype for Public Decency” Jake Thomas. Portland Observer. Dec 11, 2008.

“Portland to Install a new public restroom on Northwest Glisan near Fifth Avenue” Stephen Beaven. The Oregonian. Nov 15, 2008.

“How do you spell relief?” Peter Korn. The Portland Tribune. Oct 9, 2008.

“Mission to fix toiletsPortland Tribune. Apr 8, 2008.

“A public restroom crusade; A Portland woman goes from City Hall to India to present her cause.” By Stephen Beaven. The Oregonian. Oct 30, 2007.

“Portland Can’t Wait” By C.J. Gabbe. New American City. Winter, 2007.

“Public toilet designs focus of meeting.” Street Roots. May 19, 2006.

“Tour De Porcelain: After two hours and seven restrooms, Adrian Chen finds out what drives Portland’s fiercest public-toilet advocates.” Willamette Week. May 17, 2006.

“Community to Build Relief in Old Town/Chinatown During VBC6” Portland Independent Media Center. May 8, 2006.

“Signs of relief? A new group hopes to bring public restrooms to the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood ”  By Joanne Zuhl.   Street Roots (Cover Story), Jan 13, 2006.

“City could get more flush with toilets.By Jacob Quinn Sanders. The Portland Tribune, Oct 11, 2005.

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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