Vancouver’s downtown changed its dreary Main Street back from a one-way to a two-way street. After the city spent millions of dollars to revitalize the city, people were surprised at the simple success of the double-yellow stripe:
The merchants on Main Street had high hopes for this change. But none of them were prepared for what actually happened … In the midst of a severe recession, Main Street in Vancouver seemed to come back to life almost overnight. …. A year later, the success of the project is even more apparent. Twice as many cars drive down Main Street every day, without traffic jams or serious congestion.
Find out about the history of one-way streets, stemming from a post WWII-fear of a nuclear attack through mobility for suburban shoppers.