Toilet for All ($320,000) - winner!

Central Square

24-hour access public toilet near Central Square, similar to the one currently underway in Harvard Square. The exact location will be determined through a public process.

Cambridge needs more public toilets. This project addresses a basic human need for the entire community of Central Square. This includes: residents, visitors, international tourists, shoppers,children, bike commuters, homeless, students, and early-morning and late-night patrons of Central Square. According to the "2013 Public Toilets Survey: Cambridge Residents, Workers & Visitors," 67% of those surveyed have reported that they or a family member have had difficulty accessing public toilets in the city. After Harvard Square, which is already in the process of getting a public toilet, the highest need area on city-owned property is Central Square. (

The City shall consider toilet designs such as the Portland Loo and implementation efforts that provide for public safety and public health and are environmentally friendly. Such a toilet should be accompanied by a drinking fountain. The city shall also add and improve signage alerting the public that toilets in public buildings such as City Hall may be accessed by the public.

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  • David Neiman
    commented 2015-03-28 14:26:12 -0400
    Great idea. I would hope that some ongoing maintenance of any facility is included in this proposal.
  • Michelle Holcomb
    commented 2015-03-24 16:43:11 -0400
    Love this idea.
  • Minka VanBeuzekom
    commented 2015-03-23 14:40:28 -0400
    agree wholeheartedly with this proposal and the particular need for more public toilets near all the athletic facilities. my biggest pet pee(ve) is the locked Russell Field bathrooms when there are many youth athletic groups practicing nearby on evenings and over the weekend.
  • Thelma Rittenhouse
    commented 2015-03-20 07:43:10 -0400
    Excellent proposal but the City should view this as a public health issue and one toilet doesn’t begin to make a difference.
  • Jan Devereux
    commented 2015-03-19 08:05:49 -0400
    I support this idea. I would like to see a plan for public toilets citywide.