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University Avenue Traffic

Original post made by Bill Mainzer on Aug 27, 2006

Here's a novel but probably not new idea:

Close traffic on Universtiy Avenue between Emerson and Middlefield (could be a little higher) to all traffic after 10.00 or 10.30 am each morning. Convert Lytton and Hamilton to one way streets going in opposite directions to encourage faster traffic flow (not speed) and allow restaurants to set up on the sidewalk and in the street like a European downtown (walking only)

Of course, the cross streets would be open for crosing from one side of town to the other. Make them one way going in opposite directions too.

We would have the best downtown in California with even more going on than now!

Comments

Posted by David Lieberman, a resident of Professorville
on Aug 27, 2006 at 7:52 pm

Old stuff.

It was tried in the 1970s for several years and then abandoned.

It was done to "liven up" downtown, which at the time was the dullest place in the known universe. Other than angering residents, visitors and business owners, it had no effect at all.


Posted by J.L., a resident of Ventura
on Aug 27, 2006 at 9:38 pm

Great idea! BUT, yuo'd get pushback from some business owners, and those residents who hate change.

Now that University Ave. has been built out to a commercial success, and there is good feeder parking to University Ave. shops and restaurants, your idea would eventually open up Lytton and Hamilton to more commercial development, and voila!, more sales taxes for the city.

We should also consider doing something like this on California Avenue.


Posted by DJ, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 28, 2006 at 9:47 am

Great Idea - though will take a major effort to overcome the resistance.

What would help will be a city owned shuttle ( maybe some fancy shape - cable car replica, old convertible car structure ) to ferry the patrons on the areas closed to the general traffic.

I walk on these streets with my kids - and I will welcome the "no traffic" change .. but at the same time, I will really appreciate the city owned transport for use on rainy and cold days ...


Posted by Walter E. Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 30, 2006 at 8:15 pm

I remember that one way loop bit. I kinda liked it, but I think they needed work at the SW end. The money they dumped for than bike tunnel might have been better spent.