Comment 49644

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted October 15, 2010 at 17:07:27


I'm actually a fan of Council's long-term compromise plan on this (prettymuch everything 2 way except Main and Cannon), but I can still field the question:

Cars on the 1-way streets drive fast. Really fast. Faster than the speed limit, and faster than is really safe in the middle of a city (and a bit louder, too). Beyond the safety issue, this creates a secondary problem that it scares and annoys pedestrians (and thus, shoppers) away from the stores lining the 1-way streets. You have to understand - think of the greatest cities in the world.

Think of what their main, exciting, vibrant, living downtown streets look like - places like Manhattan or Paris, or London, or wherever. Now think of what the traffic on those streets look like. Crawling, slow traffic that you can safely walk out into if you are trying to catch a cab or just get across when it's backed up. Obviously, this is an extreme example, but that's the basic principle.

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