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.
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