Dar Kaiser Permanente,
NEXT time you have a triathlon that shuts down the greater part of LA’s central thoroughfares, howabout you get together with the Dept. of Public Works people or Caltrans or whoever manages street closures in LA, and try to find a way to make it possible for people to ACTUALLY GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GO?!
I’m really ticked off about this. My best girlfriend Normal & I went to breakfast on Melrose in WeHo & then wanted to (a) go to Wacko and (b) get back to the Brewery downtown. Simple enough. Except they had EVERY FUCKING STREET shut down. No amount of circuitous residential backways through Hollywood or Franklin Heights could get us where we needed to go. I almost ran out of gasoline idling in traffic.
Whoever organized the street closures is an asshat. They did it so poorly. The LA Marathon closes a lot of streets as well, but they plan it so people can get where they need to go. Not so with this one. We barely made it back to the Brewery–couldn’t even get close to Wacko–by taking all sorts of crazy hilly winding streets through the Franklin Heights area over to Hyperion, then Hyperion to Riverside to downtown. Hey, there IS some fabulous midcentury architecture in them thar hills. But it was totally fucked and took over an hour (about an hour and fifteen minutes, in fact) from M Cafe de Chaya in WeHo, to downtown. Someone really dropped the ball on this one, fucking up traffic throughout much of Hollywood, eastern West Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake and Downtown. Nice work.
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