Way back in 2015 during the winter from hell when over 100 inches of snow fell and parking and driving was a living nightmare, the City of Boston came up with the genius move of reconfiguring the two-way streets into one-ways.
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.
Now after the first snow storm of 2022 we are back to square one. With just shy of two foot of snow on the ground, navigating South Boston streets are virtually impossible. We say bring back the one-ways.
We realize there was a small vocal group of anti-one-way residents that showed up at the community meeting to keep the one-ways back in 2015. To say this meeting was heated would be an understatement. You can read about it here.
But when discussing the current driving situation in the neighborhood, more and more residents seem to want the one-ways back.
Back in 2015, 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 in some areas? That would double if not triple parking on blocks where applicable.
So we say, bring them back. What do you think?