Monday, May 25, 2015

Rosario One-Way Streets

One word describes One-Way Streets in Rosario....

FABULOUS!! I love them!!!! 
It makes driving and walking on the city streets so much easier than two-way traffic. Every other street heads an opposite direction.  Cars can only park on one side of the street, not both sides. Almost all cars run on natural gas here and it is such a blessing!  Otherwise the car exhaust smoke and fumes on the streets would be horrible. In the picture above look at the beautiful cobblestone street.  They are beautiful to look at and horrible to drive on. They are starting to pave over them, it is so sad.

 One nice thing is that the cars obey the traffic lights!! One-way streets without a traffic light is another story.  It is a free-for-all with no signal light!  Taxi cabs seem to think they have the right of way at all times unless they are at an intersection with a bus.  Buses win the right of way at any intersection for obvious reasons!

And since we are on the subject of streets and cars, Argentines have taken parallel parking to an all-time level.  If you are not touching the car in front of you or in back of you, you are not parallel  parking.

The picture below is of a silver car that pushed the cute blue car in front of them into the back of the tire on the black car in front and dented the hood on the darling blue car!! The people across the street saw us taking a picture of the dent and chased us down to tell us they saw the whole thing.  They thought it was our car and we were going to the police (who would do nothing, by the way).

If you find a spot to park in and you won't fit, you just get out and push the car either in front or in back of the empty spot so they touch another car and back in. When you park your car you put it in neutral so people can push your car!! Everyone does this, go figure!!! 

Taxi cabs when they are waiting in a line for a customer turn off their motors and when they need to move up a space in line, they also get out and push their car!  There are also billboards everywhere around town to hide bad areas or fallen down buildings!!!

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