Plus, dance on Taylor Swift's "Eras" tour stage.
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69º | Rainy | 87% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:28 a.m. | Sunset 5:42 p.m.

🧻 In a flush
A Portland Loo on the street, with cars and construction in the background
Check out a Portland Loo on Trinity Street Downtown. | Photo by ATXtoday
The problem: A serious lack of public restrooms, even (and sometimes, especially) in the densest of US cities.

Enter: The Portland Loo, a modular, stand-alone, free toilet that lies somewhere between your traditional public restroom and a porta-potty.

Originating in Portland, OR (who could’ve guessed, huh?), the bathroom works to address common concerns surrounding public toilets in cities — such as cleanliness and upkeep — and can be found in locations across the US and Canada, including right here in our city.

What’s new about this loo?

  • Cleanliness | The coating of the bathrooms makes them particularly easy to clean, and all cleaning + maintenance supplies are located in a cabinet within the unit.
  • Price | While installation can be on the pricier side, the loo utilizes common components that are typically easy and cheaper to replace. Plus, each bathroom can be solar-powered, making it good for the earth and the city or organization’s wallet.
  • Aesthetic | The stainless steel paneling of the bathrooms features graffiti-proof coating, and the simple, sleek design fits in with most environments.
  • Safety | Created with input from Portland authorities, the bathroom was specifically designed for safety. Angled louvers (slats) in the walls allow for loud noises to escape while maintaining the occupant’s privacy.
  • Durability | The fixtures used are meant to be durable. If they do need to be replaced, they’re sourced from Portland rather than abroad, making the repair process quicker.
  • Ease of use | Hand washing stations are attached to the outside of the bathrooms, encouraging quick use to serve more bathroom-goers. Plus, each facility is ADA-accessible.

Where these latrines can be seen

  • Downtown, Trinity Street between 4th and 5th streets
  • Downtown, Brazos Street between 5th and 6th streets
  • Downtown, 716 E. 6th St.
Where else in Austin would you add a Portland Loo?

Monday, Nov. 13
  • Act Up: New Moon Writing Workshop | Monday, Nov. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Parker & Scott, 2113 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. B, Austin | $40 | Join experts from Anact Global and The Writing Consultancy while sipping hot cocoa and listening to Christmas music.
  • Doja Cat | Monday, Nov. 13 | 7:30 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $80-$1,023 | The musical artist is bringing the “Scarlet” tour to town with Doechii.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • The Tuesday Social | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 5-11 p.m. | Devil May Care, 500 W. 6th St., Austin | Cost of purchase | Enjoy an all-night happy hour with mini martinis, food specials, and Black Pumas keyboardist JaRon Marshall.
  • Caroline Rose | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 7-10 p.m. | Radio/East, 3504 Montopolis Dr., Austin | $27 | Support nonprofit Free Lunch ATX at this concert featuring local pop artist Caroline Rose and special guest Bruce.
  • “The Book of Mormon” | Tuesday, Nov. 14-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $40-$175 | This satirical comedy musical follows a pair of Mormons traveling across the world to spread their book.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • “The Thin Place” | Wednesday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 26 | Times vary | ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $25-$66 | Watch the theater transform into a séance during this play.
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News Notes
  • The city’s Aviation Department must speed up the rollout of a plane direction system at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, City Council ruled last week. The new timeline is part of an effort to improve safety at the airport, which has seen multiple near-misses this year. (KUT)
  • Austin City Council passed a resolution to establish a 100% exemption from property taxes for child care facilities. The change, which could be applied to next year’s taxes, will not apply to home-based child care providers. (Austin American-Statesman)
  • Austin has a new sister: Chiang Mai, Thailand. Representatives from the Thai city attended a kickoff event at Austin City Hall yesterday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and officially celebrate the initiative.
  • Mutt’s Canine Cantina — a combined dog park and restaurant — will open the first of three planned Austin locations today at 9825 N. Lake Creek Pkwy. Visitors can sign up for a membership to access the space, which offers American dishes and a dog-friendly menu. (Eater Austin)
  • You’ll never go out of “Style”... while dancing on a stage used by Taylor Swift herself. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters will use a piece of the pop star’s “Eras” tour stage as a dance floor for its annual light show next month.
Plan Ahead
  • What do Alanis Morissette and Hozier have in common? They’re both performing at the Moody Center next year. See Hozier on Tuesday, April 30 and Morissette on Wednesday, June 12 — tickets for both events will be available starting this Friday, Nov. 17.
  • This card is offering a rare $300 welcome bonus (and bonuses like that don’t come around that often). That’s why thousands are lining up for it. Learn more and apply.*
  • It’s here — Oprah’s Favorite Things list, just in time for the holidays. We’re seeing: luxury flaky sea salt, all-weather boots, fleece robes, and a baked brie board.*
🌮 Taco throwdown
Tell us your favorite place to get a taco and we’ll put the most popular spots to the test in a NCAA-style bracket. | Graphic by ATXtoday, photo by @tysonstacos
We’re finally going to taco ‘bout it: who serves the best tacos in Austin?

According to USA Today, Austin is the best taco city in the nation, meaning (at least to us) you basically can’t go wrong with any taco within city limits.

In the past, y’all have helped us decide the best food truck (Spicy Boys Fried Chicken) and best brewery (Meanwhile Brewing). Now, it’s time to throw down the gauntlet and decide which taco reigns supreme in ATX.

Here’s how it will work:

Using this survey, nominate your favorite place to get a taco in Austin. Feel free to nominate as many local businesses as your heart desires. We’ll put the top eight in a bracket and have you vote again in qualifying rounds.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our taco guide. Now go show your favorite taqueria some love with this submission form.
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