A sustainable public toilet? Thanks, Portland.
Portland officials say the Loos buck many of the conventions of public toilets: They are not installed in out-of-the-way spots where no one will see them. Rather, most are placed along sidewalks in full public view.
They are not self-cleaning, but are made of prison-grade steel with plumbing so basic that they are almost impossible to damage, and a twice-a-day check by maintenance staff seems to keep them in good working order.
The only water faucet is on the outside, making customers less likely to linger for hair-washing or laundry.
Perhaps most important, they aren’t all that private. Louvered slats from foot level to knee level and again just above head level make activity inside somewhat visible, and audible, to passersby.
Photo credit: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press
Certificate of Residence for a Chinese Person in the United States
This is copy of a Certificate of Residence issued to Ah Jeung in 1894 in Portland, Oregon. Years later, Jeung traveled to Arizona and was arrested for not being in possession of any proof of legal U.S. residency. Although this copy was sent to the District Courts in Arizona Territory and Jeung testified that he had lived continuously in the United States for about 25 years, he was still found to have been in the United States unlawfully. On May 5, 1906, a judge presiding over the First Judicial District in Arizona ordered that Jeung be deported. These Records are held at the National Archives at Riverside.
Observing Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
To pay tribute to the many generations of Asian-Pacific Americans that have enriched our nation’s history, the National Archives at Riverside will be highlighting some of our holdings relating to Asian American history in our region (Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, NV), including records relating to enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Act, records relating to Japanese internment and relocation, and many more.
For more information about Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, see http://asianpacificheritage.gov/
Occupy protesters set up a picket line at a Port of Portland terminal in Portland, Ore., as part of a West Coast day of action, Dec. 12, 2011.