Comment 41298

By John Neary (registered) | Posted May 30, 2010 at 09:39:01

As someone who has frequented [John St. South] for 10 years or more, I'd say that the pedestrian experience is the most noticeable difference on the strip. In terms of commercial and retail, not so much. I'm not blaming two-way for anything, I'm just making an observation.

I totally agree. I walk along John South to get to work. It's not the world's most beautiful street, but I don't fear for my life walking along it. That alone makes the two-way conversion effective in my books.

James St. has a much nicer built environment than John St., which is probably why it's been fixed up so much more. There's a lot of surface parking on John St. which breaks up any potential development. By contrast, the sections of James from Charlton to the TH&B underpass and from York/Wilson to Liuna Station have very few parking lots, empty properties, or monolithic buildings, and a lot of old two-to-three story commercial buildings that are ideal for adaptive reuse.

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