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Group proposes two-way traffic on OTR streets

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Over-the-Rhine Community Council has submitted a community priority request for two OTR streets to go two-ways.

"What research has shown is that to create walkable neighborhoods, where retailers can live and thrive, you need to have two way streets."

Ryan Messer, OTRCC's president, says last week the group wrote to the city to change Walnut and Main Streets to two way streets, currently both are one way.

For more than a decade Vine Street has been operating as a two-way street. Sharon Suder, owner of Suder's Art Supply, says the switch from a one to two-way street has helped make her business more accessible to shoppers.

"Once they made Vine two ways, we had a direct corridor between UC, downtown and Clifton and this neighborhood."

Park + Vine, is another Over-the-Rhine business. For years it was located on Vine Street, but after expanding, moved to Main Street.

Danny Korman, owner of Park + Vine says they would like to see the switch to see traffic going both ways.

"Two way traffic tends to slow traffic down. And the other thing psychologically people are slowing down, so they are looking at more things as they travel through the business district," he said.

Should the project go through City of Cincinnati said it would take several years to implement. The city is concerned the street car, which runs through both Walnut and Main, would make it difficult to make the streets two ways. The cost, is also something that would need to be researched.

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