A solar potty has been installed downtown. Cool. In a city where the cops routinely cite people for "sex crimes" for having to piss in public, it's just sick that there are so few public restrooms. (James Chasse was actually beaten to death by police because they said that they suspected that he had urinated in public. Turns out he hadn't, but there's one more casualty of no bathrooms. Also, peoples' lives have been ruined by cops who tag them with a sex crime just for having to piss. Damn, what thoughtless, bullying demons those Portland cops are.)
Anyway, now let's go to the next step: There is a city ordnance that requires that any new building in Portland be open to the public on the ground floor. I say there needs to be an ordinance that states that every building that is open to the public must have bathrooms that are open to the public. Yes. Why the hell not? This isn't a homeless issue, by the way, though it would be important enough just on those grounds if you ask me. This is for all of us, though. I can't tell you how many times I've been downtown walking, and unable to find a bathroom for miles and miles. Why should we allow downtown businesses to externalize the costs of dealing with their customers' bladders and bowels? I say every building open to the public must have a bathroom that is open to the public.