Los Angeles Traffic - INSANE!

in los •  last year

I've seen the news stories - especially on holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Traffic congestion... traffic jams... gridlock.

But, even in the best of times (regular work days), traffic can be a nightmare! Not just in Los Angeles, but in many big cities across the world.

I've watched the online Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) cameras along the the California highways, at http://www.dot.ca.gov/video/. And I've watched many YouTube videos of traffic problems around the world.

In many cities and regions, expansion is constrained by geography and existing infrastructure, often the result of shortsighted planning and development.

According to some of the documentaries I've watched, we could point the finger at car manufacturers, tire companies and politicians.

Auto and tire companies wanted to sell more product, so they influenced "people in high places" to dismantle rail systems, so there would be greater demand for cars and tires. If you're interested, you might want to read the Wikipedia page, titled "General Motors streetcar conspiracy," at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy

In the past 30 years, I've moved to different cities, for different jobs. I've always rented an apartment, within a few miles from where I'd be working, because I hate to waste so much time in traffic, going to a regular 9-5 job. My one-way commute to or from work was usually between 15 and 30 minutes.

I can hardly imagine the stress and frustration of commuters in Los Angeles and other highly-congested areas, having to put up with this crap for 5 or 6 days per week.

But there is a solution...

Move out of there!

I know. Not so easy to do when you have a family, when you have a career, an established business, and when you've got a hundred other obligations which requires your presence.

The overly-crowded areas will remain that way, as long as there are enough people who are willing to tolerate the situation.

Conventional rail systems may not be feasible, affordable or possible. Some solutions I've heard about include elevated rail systems, or rail via new underground tunnels.

Or - possibly the Hyperloop. Kind of like riding (horizontally) in the cylindrical bank containers used in the bank's pneumatic vacuum tubes in the drive-up lanes. (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperloop)

Even with a solution that seems to work, you gotta ask, for how long?

And now, for some relevant words of wisdom,
here are the lyrics to Billy Joel's Song, "Movin' Out" (also known as Anthony's Song)...

Anthony works in the grocery store
Savin' his pennies for someday
Mama Leone left a note on the door
She said, Sonny, move out to the country
Workin' too hard can give you
A heart attack (ack)
You oughta know by now (oughta know)
Who needs a house out in Hackensack
Is that what you get with your money
It seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Mama if that's movin' up
Then I'm movin' out
I'm movin' out
Sergeant O'Leary is walkin' the beat
At night he becomes a bartender
He works at Mister Cacciatore's down
On Sullivan Street
Across from the medical center
He's tradin' in his Chevy for a Cadillac
You oughta know by now
And if he can't drive
With a broken back
At least he can polish the fenders

A couple of music videos, for your viewing pleasure...

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