1.8 min readBy Published On: March 23rd, 2015Categories: News34 Comments

Whether he realizes it or not, Mayor Marty Walsh may have solved Southie’s long-time parking crisis.  Back to back blizzards plus additional snowstorms sprinkled on for good measure, left driving on South Boston streets virtually impossible until the city of Boston came up with the one-way street idea.  It was so simple yet so perfect.  All the numbered streets would go either east or west depending on the number.  No more stress turning onto a street to find yourself head to head with another car in a Southie standoff as to who was going to back up.   The numbered streets are now easy streets.  

It dawned on us driving the newly deemed one-ways, “What if these streets were made one-way forever?”   To be honest, when the streets are two-way, it’s not like you can cruise down them comfortably without a care in the world.  They are pretty tight and you if you add to the mix a double-parked car – or worse people double-parking like jerks on both sides of the street – they are tough to navigate.  So why not make them one-way?  If we make the streets one-way, maybe we change the parking from parallel to angled parking?  That would double if not triple parking on blocks where applicable.  

We encourage the mayor and the city of Boston make the bold move on April 1st.  April 1st is date for one-ways to return to the original two-ways.  We say, April 1st is the day they become one-way permanently!   Then send out the troops to start adding angled parking lines.  Let’s do this!   On the other hand if this ends up being a huge mistake, Marty can always say it was an April Fool’s joke.  

To the naysayers – it wasn’t that long ago that streets like M Street and K Street were two-way.  We blew your mind, right?  Yes, two-way.  Today, that just seems ridiculous.

Take our poll: https://caughtinsouthie.com/poll/would-you-temporary-winter-2015-implemented-one-ways-stay-permanent

 

 

34 Comments

  1. Anonymous March 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I completely agree! There will need to be minor changes to better the flow of traffic but other than that I say we should present this to the Mayor!

  2. Anonymous March 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I strongly agree with this premise. I've been hoping for angled parking for years. This study does a fantastic job of breaking down the numbers and benefits: http://urbanlandscapes.info/2011/02/28/parking-on-the-street-types-of-street-parking/

    The main issue in Southie isn't safety or traffic, it's number of spaces. According to this report, a typical 300 foot block can hold ~45 parallel parking spots. That same block can hold over 100 angled parking spots. If safety is an issue, back-in-angled parking greatly reduces the opportunity for concerns (as you have full visibility pulling out of a spot).

  3. Barry Oakley March 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    We believe the streets should be one way permanently.it would make driving a lot easier and and you wouldn't have to worry about a car parked on the wrong side of street pulling out.It seems the people had adjusted to it quickly and are used to it already.I never expected it to go this smooth.Lets hope we can convince City Hall to keep the this way.Rember When all the alphabetical streets were two way.It made driving a lot easier.

  4. Anonymous March 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    No

  5. Richard Lester March 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm
    This is not true, I came up E street which is a one way from East first street to Broadway as I was traveling I encountered a head to head confrontation with a city plow
  6. Matt March 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I recall a woman at Bill Linehan's community meeting about parking changes last summer suggesting this same idea because she experienced solving a parking issue in San Francisco.  Caught In Southie – can you research this?

  7. george menjin March 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Great idea keep streets one way and angle park. Hadicap spots on ends and next to driveways. Now if you can only help the T.

  8. Misty borden March 3, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    The mayor should also take a look at linden street( Adams street side) in dorchester and make it a one way!!! So many accident and frustrations!

  9. Andrew March 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Thats a great idea would deff work out get on it

  10. Kim on E.7th March 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    AGREED!!!!

  11. P.A. March 3, 2015 at 11:20 pm
    No!
  12. Anonymous March 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Diagonal parking is a great idea and would solve two problems. It would increase the amount of available parking spaces and we all know the Yuppies have a difficult time parallel parking. No more having the girlfriend standing outside of the car yelling directions to the driver.

  13. Southie Streets March 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    One the first day of the new rules, we conducted a one-way street survey and received a great response rate, with 84 total! The answers represent some strong opinions for/against, with relatively few neutral responses. (This is Southie, after all.) Here's the data on what people had to say:

    • One-way streets are a good idea and will help snow-related traffic congestion.
      Strongly Disagree—5, Disagree—2, Neutral—4, Agree—30, Strongly Agree—43
       
    • One-way streets are just a part of the solution for snow-related issues. There is more the City can do.
      Strongly Disagree—7, Disagree—3, Neutral—12, Agree—31, Strongly Agree—31
       
    • One-way streets are a bad idea and will cause more traffic problems than they solve.
      Strongly Disagree—38, Disagree—25, Neutral—12, Agree—5, Strongly Agree—4
       
    • BONUS: One-way streets are a good idea in general, and Southie would benefit from having at least some of the temporary one-way streets made permanent.
      Strongly Disagree—13, Disagree—15, Neutral—12, Agree—14, Strongly Agree—30
    What do you think? Is the new one-way street initiative working? Please take the survey yourself and share your thoughts: Click here for the survey.
     
    We plan to leave the survey running through the end of March in order to understand how the community's opinion may change over the course of time… Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors, and to take the survey once more yourself by April 1. Many thanks!
  14. jon March 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    So everyone here wants to live in a suburban parking lot? Sounds terrible.
  15. Alissa March 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Yes please! 

  16. Steven March 4, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I have seen people basically ignoring the new one way street rule. No one is enforcing it so no one cares. They just want to get to April 1st so they don't have to worry about it anymore. 

  17. Good idea March 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent idea! Parking in Southie is one of the worst in the city. It makes it much more difficult for outside residents to visit. If we want Southie to turn into an area which pulls in business from  residents of other neighborhoods and folks outside of the city, the parking problem needs to be fixed. It's frustrating for locals, but I have also heard countless times from friends "I don't want to come to Southie to go out to dinner (or go to a bar, or to hang out), the parking is too difficult." Solving the parking issue would allow the stores and restaurants along Broadway and other streets to grow. Not to mention, it would save a lot of headache for residents.

  18. Anonymous March 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    San Fran has this and it works – and it will prevent the greedy residents from double parking to save spots for their roommates etc

  19. Frank Donaghue March 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Awful, can't wait for them to return to two ways. Telegraph, Marine, and Fourth coming of of Dorchester St. are particularly onerous.

     

  20. Brian March 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I agree 100% with this proposal.  So how do we get it done?

  21. Not Touchie March 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Touchie came up with this idea a long time ago in collaboration with the late City Council President Jimmy Kelly. So please give credit where credit is due.

  22. Southie Bikes March 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    The idea of keeping the one-way streets has merit, however adding angled parking is a terrible idea. In cities when you add more parking you will simply get more cars. Parking doesn't actaully get any easier because now more people decide to keep a car… or two… or more. This concept has been proven over & over again in virtually every dense city, and Southie is no different. The only way to make parking easier is to get more people to decide they can live without owning a car.  So a better idea is to keep the one-way streets, but use the increased road capacity to improve bus routes to run significantly faster and serve more people. When we have reliable MBTA service all over the neighborhood then people will start ditching their cars.

  23. Jon Ramos March 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Personally I am opposed to angled parking because I don't want the neighborhood to look like a parking lot.  HOWEVER, if it is going to happen, then back in angled parking is 1,000% better than standard angled parking.  Visibility is significantly improved, and much safer for pedestrians, cyclists, childrend, & pets.

  24. J March 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I do not agree I have to drive around the world now just to get to my mothers once the snow is gone they should go back to two ways

  25. JS March 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Completely agree and I have been saying this since the 1 way was enacted. As someone above said, reverse angled parking would be the right solution. I know Somerville did this around Union Square around 2008

  26. AD March 6, 2015 at 12:37 am

    This is an absolutly brilliant idea

  27. Anonymous March 25, 2015 at 1:20 am

    sounds like a great ideabut I doubt it will pass

     

  28. jennifer March 25, 2015 at 1:55 am
    Please put B street back the way it was. One ways meeting each other is stupid and doesn’t help traffic flow. I’m sure there are other streets where this silliness was implemented.
  29. Ed March 25, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Absolutely agree! How do we try to keep the streets one way?????

  30. Alex March 26, 2015 at 12:53 am

    If you only had angled on one side wouldn't it be less parking?? Because you don't have the two sides. Great idea if it creates more spots. 

  31. Kyle March 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    they are ticketing now on streets that were once 2 way now turned to one way if you're parked in the wrong direction..  

  32. Anonymous March 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Terrible idea, takes 10 minutes to get out of southie with all the one-ways and if you have to circle the block for parking?? Takes 5 minutes just to get back to where you started.

  33. mary cooney March 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    The angle parking "trial" at Emerson and third should be fixed before they try it anywhere else.  City of Boston please change the direction of the spaces to back in only for safety so drivers can safely enter the street instead of backing  into oncoming vehicles and folks walking to their cars!

  34. Peg April 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm
    NO the streets should go back the way they were!
    Why is the Mayor basing his decision on what he reads in caught in Southie!
    Read this Marty NEVER voting for you again!!!

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