Comment 78165

By CouldaShouldaWoulda (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2012 at 07:25:51 in reply to Comment 78157

"I don't want to sound confrontational, but I do have to take issue with you saying "the fact that one-way streets have fewer pedestrians". I don't think that's true. It certainly isn't true for many streets around the world."

I've walked some great, lively, pedestrian-friendly streets. In NYC and elsewhere. Normally what makes it so has to do with the general intent of the area...and of course, its history is probably paramount; an historical, established nehighbourhood, with long-standing, deeply-entrenched traditions can thrive with one-way streets. (I reject in totality blanket statements. It's not 'all this' or 'all that'. Life's not like that.)


My pet-emnity street is Main West from Dundurn to Bay. 'The Esplanade'. I would say to you that despite the concentration of residents, the very nature of this thoroughfare renders a very, very low pedestrian-activity rate. I *hate* walking it. It is a sensibility-killer. It is inhospitable. (Not just for pedestrians. Try turning onto it from any of the side-streets when traffic's-a-flyin'. Not pleasant.)

The other examples you cite are vaid, but I'd suggest it's the case *in spite of* rather than *because of* them being one-way.

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