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No left turns

The South Side Journal just posted a story about “No left turn” signs that I found interesting. I understand the need to prevent left turns at many intersections, but there are a few that are just ridiculous. I just moved near the intersection of Gravois and Jefferson and it drives me crazy that I can’t turn left on these streets. It might seem like I’m nitpicking, but I really think the prohibition negatively effects businesses in the area and deters people from moving in. Am I alone in this?

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Matt Kastner

Matt Kastner is an Investment Real Estate Consultant at St. Louis Real Estate Society in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also develops properties on the side through Threshold Properties. When he isn’t representing investors in the purchase or sale of multifamily properties, rehabs, foreclosures and other income producing properties, he is often taking on rehab projects himself. He lives in South St. Louis and has been in the real estate business since 2004.

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2 thoughts on “No left turns”

  • Seth Teel

    September 4, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Left turns by there very nature are inefficient. If the streets are properly connected you can choose routes that dont require them. I am not against left turns but I do avoid them especially if there is no turn arrow. Read this story about UPS not making any left turns: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=3005890

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  • Matt Kastner

    September 5, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I remember hearing about UPS doing that. And I personally avoid left turns when I can. In most places there are very good alternatives to taking a left. But there are times when you have to go too far out of your way. Gravois the perfect example. Try to take a left on to Gravois from Arsenal going east. You have to wait at the light, drive past Gravois, then wait at the next light to take a left only to take an immediate right on Gravois. That is more waiting and more gas.

    Since I moved to my new place on Gravois, I realized giving people directions here is a major pain. I can’t tell people to turn either way on Gravois or Jefferson. They have to go around back routes. It confuses me sometimes and I know these streets as well as one can.

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