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Central Square public toilet opens: 24-hour, stainless steel pitstop

It cost $320,000

The city installing the toilet in October.
City of Cambridge

Cambridge’s newest public toilet is officially operational at Massachusetts and Western avenues in Central Square.

The city spent $320,000 through its participatory budget process—meaning residents pushed for the loo—to create a one-stop relief outpost similar to the 24-hour one in Harvard Square that opened two years ago.

Like that one, the Central Square toilet is stainless steel, has vents at the top and the bottom (for obvious reasons), and is accessible for those with physical challenges. And, like the Harvard pitstop, this one is 24 hours amid a particularly busy area of the city.

The technical name for the setup is the Portland Loo after public lavatories first erected in that Oregon city.