A recent article out of South Bend, IN suggests that the movement toward two-way streets is growing. [emphasis added] South Bend plans to convert many of its downtown streets back into two-ways by the end of 2016.
As an example from the neighboring state of Kentucky, the article explains how one multilane couplet (two parallel one-way streets that move traffic in opposite directions) was previously a high crime, low-property value area:
John Gilderbloom, director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville, lived on First Street with his wife when he first moved to the city.It was awful, he recalled recently. 'There were prostitutes, people selling fenced goods, drugs, everything like that. . ." But after the couplet was returned to its two-way origins:
Steadily, crime fell, property values rose and retail revenues increased, he said. New investment followed, as residents and business owners rushed to take advantage of the improving landscape.Remember, Lake and Lucerne avenues in the downtown weren't always a multilane couplet:
Oh, and by the way, won't stop "beating that dead horse" about all the one-way streets here in Lake Worth. Many of them need to be two-way streets once again.