I remember a meeting with the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce a while ago where I asked what they felt was the number one issue to solve in Downtown Lynn. The answer, "one way streets." Living in Central Square, I never really thought about it much as it didn't really present me with any issues. When you think about it though, all the streets I use to get to Central Square are one way in my favor. It turns rather sour, really fast, when they are not in your favor. Try and get to Essex Street or Oxford from Market Street without really knowing Lynn and you're screwed.
Washington Street is a two way street until you hit Downtown. Union Street is a two way street except for one tiny section in front of the Capitol Diner. Essex Street is a two way street until you hit the Courthouse. Exchange Street is a two way street that turns into a one way Central Square which forks off into a one way Central Ave (different than Central Square) and a one way Willow Street. Munroe, Oxford, Andrew... the list goes on. Even opening up a few of these would make it so much easier to get where you need to do business downtown.
I just moved to Sloan Machinery Lofts right across from the courthouse and City Hall. Why I can't take a left out of my driveway to go down Essex Street or over to Washington is beyond me. One would also assume it would make sense that after taking a right on Essex, I would be able to go left onto Market Street (our major retail corridor) - NOPE, you must either go down Central and then find another one way to get over to Market, or go over towards the Common and figure out how to u-turn and get on to Market that way.
I know this has been an issue in our city for some time and it was quoted to me as one of the number one problems by LACC probably 3 years ago. So, what about it? Anyone else having trouble here? Anyone like the way it is?
Once again, I find myself asking, Why doesn't this city seem to have a planner on staff? Don't hire another consulting firm, hire a city planner.