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Old Posted Dec 13, 2017, 6:21 AM
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As long as the sidewalks are wide enough to keep pedestrians safe from the motor vehicles. The shade from the canyon of buildings should be a respite from the summer heat regardless of the time of day. How soon before they turn this into a one way street I wonder...
Why would they convert back to one way?
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2017, 9:05 AM
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2nd Street is always cool in the afternoon. Especially if you're coming down Guadalupe just before you get to 2nd Street. There's a noticeable change in temperature even in the summer. One of the things people say against high rises is the shade issue. But I live in Texas. I'll gladly hug a building if there isn't a tree around to shade a street.
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2017, 3:17 PM
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How soon before they turn this into a one way street I wonder...
Hopefully never. 2nd St was one of the many Austin streets that was converted to one-way in the name of making it easy(er) to get in and out of DT in a motor vehicle as we looked to drain the city of life each night. A little over a decade ago it went through a diet and went from 3/4 westbound lanes with pathetic sidewalks to one lane each direction with amazing sidewalks and billions have been reinvested in the area since.

I don't foresee us turning our backs on the public realm again and going one-way any time soon.

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Old Posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:33 PM
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Hopefully never. 2nd St was one of the many Austin streets that was converted to one-way in the name of making it easy(er) to get in and out of DT in a motor vehicle as we looked to drain the city of life each night. A little over a decade ago it went through a diet and went from 3/4 westbound lanes with pathetic sidewalks to one lane each direction with amazing sidewalks and billions have been reinvested in the area since.



I don't foresee us turning our backs on the public realm again and going one-way any time soon.

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Watching the change from one way to two way for several streets DT has not only made it safer for pedestrians, I believe it's helped to increase the number of people who are willing to walk rather than use vehicles to get around DT. It's not just the amount of new people coming in, the whole pedestrian experience has improved. One of my most favorite things to do is to go DT and simply walk around and enjoy the sights and the amount of people out and about. Two way roads help control the number of vehicles during peak traffic times, rather than having a mass of cars leaving garages onto multiple 3 or 4 lane one way streets. The slower but controlled process helps to diverge traffic in more directions, when before you were limited to what direction you had to go depending on which street you parked on.
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Hopefully never. 2nd St was one of the many Austin streets that was converted to one-way in the name of making it easy(er) to get in and out of DT in a motor vehicle as we looked to drain the city of life each night. A little over a decade ago it went through a diet and went from 3/4 westbound lanes with pathetic sidewalks to one lane each direction with amazing sidewalks and billions have been reinvested in the area since.

I don't foresee us turning our backs on the public realm again and going one-way any time soon.

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Agreed. All you have to do is think about all the one-way streets in downtown, and compare them to the two-way streets. Are any (besides 6th) of the one-way streets good for pedestrians?

2nd street is one of the best pedestrian streets we have downtown, and I'd hate to screw it up by haplessly attempting to make downtown more car-friendly.
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2017, 5:40 PM
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Agreed. All you have to do is think about all the one-way streets in downtown, and compare them to the two-way streets. Are any (besides 6th) of the one-way streets good for pedestrians?

2nd street is one of the best pedestrian streets we have downtown, and I'd hate to screw it up by haplessly attempting to make downtown more car-friendly.
Yeah, no one wants more one-ways.

Two way streets with traffic calming like frequent crosswalks and bike lanes and planters, please.

2nd and 3rd street are the best parts of downtown to actually visit because of this.
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