Think Twice About One-Way Streets

<p>This editorial argues that one-way streets kill downtowns, and they need to be converted to two-ways to help save downtown areas across the country.</p>
February 5, 2008, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"A key strategy to renewing downtown historic neighborhoods is converting one-way to two-way streets. Oppressive four-lane downtown one-way streets help kill neighborhoods and small businesses. We need to convert these one-way ghetto makers into two-way streets with parking, trees and bike lanes to calm traffic and make neighborhoods more livable for families, young urban pioneers and the elderly, who want to live closer to medical care downtown."

"One-way streets pose many threats for pedestrian and motorist safety, make city streets seem less safe, disproportionately impact poor and minority neighborhoods, hurt downtown businesses, reduce the property values of homes and negatively impact the environment and contribute to global warming. Conversions to two-way have already happened in more than 100 cities around the United States."

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Published on Friday, February 1, 2008 in The Courier-Journal
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