Comment 39523

By Kiely (registered) | Posted April 07, 2010 at 10:29:38

Who wants to sit outside next to a 1-way street optimized for speeding traffic? - adam2

I'm not disagreeing in the context of Hamilton adam2, but they do it in Brisbane, Sydney and Singapore too. Three plus lane, one way streets and even expressways run through their downtowns and they are amazingly vibrant and beautiful places. But they also have: patios, green spaces, trees, parks, pedestrian malls, landscape architecture, etc.. and have worked to incorporate everything together.

A perfect example is in Sydney, to get to Darling Harbour in Sydney (a major tourist attraction) you have to walk right under the Sydney equivalent of the Gardner Expressway but because of the thought put in to how the expressway fits into the environment and the landscape architecture, you hardly even notice it.

I think it has less to do with how many lanes and what direction traffic is going than it does with what the surrounding landscape and streetscape looks like. We'd be better off improving what Main, King, Wilson and Cannon look like. Just changing the direction and/or flow of traffic isn't going to help the fact that they are ugly streets no matter what way traffic is going. To start I would reduce them to 3 lanes wherever possible in order to extend the sidewalks, plant some trees and improve the streetscape.

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