The city of Portland (where else) is now banning urinals in city-owned buildings and spending taxpayer money to remove them. The first urinal-free building is appropriately called The Portland Building, where countless paper-shuffling city bureaucrats congregate to waste oxygen and demand pay raises.
The City of Portland banned urinals in the remodeled Portland Building.
The total remodel will cost taxpayers $195,000,000. A spokeswoman said she did not have a break out on how much the bathroom work cost.
She also said no one from the city was available to talk about banning the urinals.
In an email to employees last February, Chief Administrative Officer Tom Rinehart wrote:
“We will continue to have gender-specific (male and female) multi-stall restrooms that are readily available to any employee that prefers to use one. But, there will be no urinals in any restroom in the building. This will give us the flexibility we need for any future changes in signage. I am convinced that this is the right way to ensure success as your employer, remove arbitrary barriers in our community, and provide leadership that is reflective of our shared values.”
The city has redesigned all the bathrooms to be gender neutral– which means urinals are banned eve’ in the men’s room.
The building’s 1st, 3rd and 15th floors will have large multi-stall bathrooms that men and women will use together.
Other floors will have separate men’s and women’s bathrooms.
But every floor will have at least one any gender bathroom.
Over all there will be 42 “all-user stalls” as the city calls them and 104 gender specific stalls.
Gender and bathroom use has been a big deal when it comes to those who are transgender or gender fluid.
But the city made no mention of that in an email to employees.
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The story was first broken by conservative talk show host Lars Larson:
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Oh, Portland, never stop being you.