Why I wouldn’t live in Los Angeles

Today was the first time I’d seen this video of Thanksgiving traffic on “the 405” in Los Angeles. (I’ve never lived anyplace where people preface a highway number with “the.” Me and mine would say “I-405.”) Traffic like this would be reason enough to stay away from LA, even if there weren’t fires, landslides, droughts, and of course, earthquakes.

Interestingly, Denver news has reported in the last few days that people are actually moving away from here because of the traffic. And ours can’t hold a candle to Los Angeles. (Skyrocketing housing prices aren’t helping either. But still … )

The sad thing to note here is that yesterday, due to wildfires right in the LA area, “the 405” was completely shut down. No traffic at all in either direction. Completely empty:

No, I would never consider living in Los Angeles, but I hope everyone who does live there stays safe during these unprecendented fires.



Categories: Society, video content

10 replies

  1. You have to wonder at the mindset of those that live in LA, Why would they buy motor vehicles, probably quicker to walk.

  2. I have a cousin that grew up in the Bay Area. For a while he lived in LA, was (and still is) a pilot for a commercial airlines. He told me that, at one time, LA had the best public transportation system in the country. The “Big 3,” as we called them then, did something to control and nearly destroy the public trans system so that people would need to buy cars. Back then, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

  3. There’s a difference between having to have a car and not being able to get where you’re going even with one. So much for California dreamin!

  4. That video clip is amazing. I have to wonder, if all those cars were self-driving, wouldn’t the spacing be enough greater that they wouldn’t fit?

    We lived in San Diego 1969 to 1971, or at least Mollie did. I was at sea most of that time. Even then, driving on the “freeways” was different from elsewhere. One joke was that looking over your shoulder when merging was a sign of weakness.

    I’m glad we live in Joplin, pop. 50,000. Everything is 6 miles away or shorter. : )

    • That merge thing is one reason I opted for a turbo engine on my 6-year-old car. It’s for safety, not hot-rodding. I haven’t the nerve to try merging with a car that needs a quarter mile to get up to speed.

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