What's the situation in your city with one-way streets?
Here in Chicago we have roughly 2,080 KM of one-way streets within the city limits. A very large % of the residential streets in Chicago are all one-way streets, and almost all main streets and arteries are all two-way streets. The exception is downtown, where nearly every street except for around 3 are one-ways.
This started in the 1950's and 1960's in the city center as a means to help traffic flow with one-ways on main roads. The program then switched, and thousands of petitions were granted to change smaller, and residential streets to one-way in the 1960's and 1970's. This was because the streets were too thin for two way traffic with parking on each side. If streets were one-way, you could have parking on each side of the street, and a one to one and a half lane space in the center for driving. As a result of this, almost all residential streets in Chicago are now one way streets.
Main city streets are mostly 2-lane, two-way streets that transgress the entire city. Some streets farther out from downtown are 4 lane roads, and a few far out streets are even 6 lanes (but not many).
What's the situation in your city? Are residential areas mostly one-way or two-way?
Downtown Denver is almost all one-way, I can think of a couple that aren't but not many. I live in cap. hill and alot of the residential streets in my neighborhood are one-way, I'd say maybe 40%, I think thats alot for residential.
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