Two-way Tejon windfall: A big empty promise?
Far from pumping an additional $100,000 a day into the local economy, the city’s decision to convert Tejon Street to two-way traffic could actually cause a decrease in revenue for downtown merchants. “Planners argue that converting one-way to two-way streets will make them more pedestrian friendly and better for business,” according to “No Two Ways About It: One-Way Streets are Better than Two-Ways,” a report written by Michael Cunneen and Randal O’Toole for the Independence Institute during 2005. “They offer no evidence for these claims, which had been disproved by engineers 50 years ago. But few people remembered the benefits gained from converting two-way to one-way streets, so many believed the planners.”