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Monday, July 24, 2017

Things That Irritate

By Suzanne O'Connor

Driving around LA has become quite the headache.

On any day of the week, you will encounter incredibly rude drivers, badly maintained streets that damage your car, heavy traffic at all times of day as well as difficult and expensive parking everywhere. It’s daily life here in L.A. and it will get worse, much worse with the social engineering the city is implementing.

The City of L.A. is taking away car lanes on 41 major busy streets. Streets we all use like Sepulveda Blvd., San Fernando Blvd., Wilshire Blvd., Van Nuys Blvd., Ventura Blvd, Venice Blvd., and dozens of other busy urban streets under the guise of pedestrian safety.

This social engineering “Road Diet” will make it even more difficult and time consuming to go anywhere.  And as we all know, time is money.

You can see the maps of the 41 permanent lane closures here.

I do not see how this will make our lives better or safer. Especially when we do not have good enough mass transit to compensate for the cut lanes. Business will close, jobs will be lost and the impact will be far reaching.

It will also be more dangerous.
If you use Waze or Google Maps, you know how they have drivers move on to residential side streets in order to get around gridlock.  These residential side streets were not built to handle major traffic. They were designed for slower driving so it was safer to pull out of driveways, safer for kids to play and safer for dogs and pedestrians to walk.  They were not built to handle frustrated, speeding drivers trying to get around engineered gridlocked streets.

As if it isn’t difficult now, just think how much more difficult it will be getting to and from work, picking up the kids from school, going to a warehouse sale, grocery shopping, to the dry cleaners or the doctors office. I’m not interested in bringing groceries home in a bike basket or walking when it’s raining or 100 degrees outside. I’m not interested in taking mass transit at night or to Costco… and still have to walk blocks with my packages.

For better or worse, Los Angeles is a driving city. The decent rail transit we did have in the 1930s when the city’s population was 1/3 of todays, disappeared completely by the 1970’s.  Since then, the city and surrounding areas have grown with driving in mind. It wasn’t the best choice, but it was the choice that was made. Now they want to dramatically change it instead of making what we have better.

We can all do better, but with extremely limited choices now, taking away street lanes is not going to stop people from driving. It will just make our lives more difficult with more gridlock, more pollution from cars and more dangerous traffic.

This is a City Government engineered traffic jam. 

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