Sorry Folks, Wilshire is Closed

marty.jpgThey should have had Marty Moose standing there with a pre-recorded message.

How many of you knew that Wilshire Boulevard would be closed today for Earth Day? How many of know knew that today was Earth Day? How many of you are still at home in your pajamas drinking cereal milk out of the bowl?

When a road closure to promote Earth Day disrupts travel for proponents of public transit like Tyke Johnson of MetroRiderLA, who is it really benefiting? Not motorists. Not train riders. Not bus riders. And no, not Earth, either. Those displaced cars and buses are still on the street, just not this one.

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As nice as the gesture was to take the cars off of one of L.A.’s most heavily-traveled arteries, it would have had much more impact had it coincided with the opening of Purple, Expo, and Pink to the beach. You know, give people some new options. Mayor V could have put on his fancy suit, held a press conference, and declared “Citizens of Los Angeles… the road is closed, but the trains are now leaving the station!” There would be applause. Hugs and handshakes. Maybe even a parade.

Today, there is only headache. And it’s from us banging our heads on the cubicle wall.

6 Replies to “Sorry Folks, Wilshire is Closed”

  1. Thank gawd someone has balls enough to point out the obvious…what with all the self-congratulatory “Car Free” glad-handing that’s been going on today.

    Closing down part of a major thoroughfare on a work day….Brilliant!

    The idiocy of this event is just astounding.

  2. How many of you knew that Wilshire Boulevard would be closed today for Earth Day?

    {Raises hand.}

    How many of know knew that today was Earth Day?

    {Raises hand again.}

    How many of you are still at home in your pajamas drinking cereal milk out of the bowl?

    How about “scraping the last of the guacamole out of the bowl”?

    Duzzat count? :-)

  3. Relax, guy. It’s one day out of the year. Streets get closed to car traffic for stuff sometimes. It happens.

    Tomorrow, Wilshire will be a fume-choked parking lot again, and all will be status quo. Exhale, OK? (But don’t inhale–at least, not if you’re on Wilshire.)

  4. OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! A STREET WAS CLOSED TO CARS! It was a one small half mile of street in a city with thousands of car-choked miles left to suffer on.

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