One of the major arteries in the Los Angeles area is being shut down over the weekend prompting nothing short of crazy panic. The 405 freeway will be closed beginning tonight through early Monday morning between the 101 and the 10. And for those who do not live in LA, this probably doesn’t mean much. And to be honest, it doesn’t mean much to this LA publicist since I rarely take the freeway anymore. (Yay for West Hollywood!)
One huge plus is that many stores, restaurants and spas are offering “carmageddon” sales to encourage people to shop locally. Yay for 20% of manis and $4.05 drink specials to all walkable establishments.
Most offices closed at 3:00pm (not this pr agency!), some stayed home completely and others are vowing to not leave their houses all weekend. While predictions run from utter street chaos to “it won’t be bad. It will be like the ’84 Olympics,” Angelenos are undecided. While the project closing the freeway is meant to alleviate traffic in the long term now some are saying it won’t even do that.
Lets just get it together LA government and build some useful public transportation. There, problem solved!