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The Los Angeles Experience is Actually Shrinking –Traffic Forcing People to Stay Home

April 26, 2015

By Stephen Frank : capoliticalreview – excerpt

Thanks to the Internet, anything we want can be found in cyberspace. Need new shoes? The Internet. Want to watch sporting events? Most are on the Internet. Want to watch a politician give a major speech, on TV or the Internet. Need dinner or groceries—order them on the Internet and they will be delivered to your door. I live in Simi Valley—a great place to live—bowling alleys, movies, lots of restaurants, anything I could want or need is in my hometown. Literally, there is no need for me to leave town, yet live a great life.

On the other hand I could spend hours on the freeway trying to get to Orange County—sometimes it take five hours to drive 168 miles to San Diego! To live in LA you must limit your expectations.

“I used to think of Los Angeles as one big neighborhood, but the city’s congestion now confines me to my immediate community, which does not extend much beyond a five-mile radius from my home. Local neighborhoods are becoming more and more discrete, with their own cultural and recreational resources. Santa Monica is a case in point. With its Third Street Promenade offering a plethora of shops, restaurants and movie theaters, and the Broad Stage presenting high quality performing arts⎯drama, dance, music, lectures⎯why should I fume in my car for an hour trying to get beyond the 405? “

This is the California of the future under Agenda 21—the pack’em and stack’em project of government… (more)

At 3PM on Friday April 24th, 2015, the streets of SF and the parking lots were practically empty. The effects of the internet economy and the home delivery system of the future looks pretty grim for retail businesses. Lots of jobs are on the hook if this keeps up.

The Los Angeles Experience is Actually Shrinking

Arthur Hoyle, CityWatchLA, 4/24/15 

WHO WE ARE-Conventional wisdom would have us believe that Los Angeles is a fast-growing city. Population is increasing through both the birth rate and migration, suburbs are spreading in all directions while the city also rises vertically, and our roads are hopelessly clogged with cars and trucks.

But the city I experience is actually shrinking. When I moved here fifty-five years ago, the population of the city was 2.5 million, of Los Angeles County, 6 million. Now there are 10 million people living in Los Angeles County.

Back then, Angelenos thought nothing of driving vast distances for work and recreation. Freeways whisked us sixty miles in an hour, giving us ready access to almost anything in the region: deserts, mountains, ocean.

As a surfer, I would often roam the coast between Laguna Beach and Leo Carrillo State Park looking for the best waves and the least crowded line-up. If I was in the mood for some good live music in a club somewhere⎯maybe Miles Davis at Shelly’s Manne Hole in Hollywood or Johnny Cash at the Palomino in the Valley⎯I wouldn’t hesitate to jump in the car and head out for the evening.

But no more. Traffic has me hunkered down in my own neighborhood on the Westside⎯Venice, Santa Monica, maybe an event at UCLA, but only on a weekend. Six times a year my wife and I go downtown to the Music Center to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform at Disney Hall. Only on Saturdays though. Dodger Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Staples Center? Forget it… (more)

The big new sports arenas will have to depend on the tourists if this trend keeps up. The natives will gather in local sports bars or sit at home rather than take the train, bus, or bike to the game when they tire of the transit experience.

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