San Elijo Hills Town Center Discussed in: Taking a u-turn on the one-way street | National Post
Taking a u-turn on the one-way street
While one-ways have wreaked havoc in North American suburbs, “in high-density, urban locations, there’s no other way of configuring streets,” he said.
Mr. Calthorpe calls up a picture of San Elijo Hills Village Center, a shopping district in the suburbs of San Diego. Originally planned as a traditional shopping complex bisected by a gargantuan highway intersection, Mr. Calthorpe’s firm instead split the highways into a pair of tree-lined one-ways winding through a pedestrian-friendly, European-style retail village — all without sacrificing retail space or travel times.
“If you’re trading a six-lane arterial for two three-lane streets, that’s a win,” said Mr. Calthorpe. Nevertheless, he said the concept of one-ways remains “heresy” among modern urban planners.
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