It’s New Year’s Day and Where the Hell is Everybody?

Walgrove Ave. near Venice Blvd.
Walgrove Ave. near Venice Blvd.

Driving around the West Side today was a thrill. I’m used to seeing the streets of big cities, such as New York and Washington, DC, empty on New Year’s Day morning. But the West Side streets were also empty as late as 4 o’clock this afternoon, which, along with the light fog, made for an eerie sensation. I assume it was a combo of (1) hangovers; (2) brunches; (3) vacation absenteeism; (4) Tournament of Roses parade watching; and, especially, (5) USC Rose Bowl watching. Whatever the reason, the empty streets reminded me that Los Angeles would be especially pleasurable with fewer people and fewer cars. I tip my hat to the bicycle commuters out there. As for the rest of us who live here and drive around town, I guess we can’t complain too much, since we’re part of the problem.  But at least we can enjoy one day of decreased stress.

Redwood Ave. near Washington Blvd.
Redwood Ave. near Washington Blvd.
(Note: photos were taken while car was parked)

3 Replies to “It’s New Year’s Day and Where the Hell is Everybody?”

  1. I had to work today and it was pretty much the same way from the Valley to Hollywood…of course early in the morning, but even in the afternoon when I left. It was glorious!

  2. Well, Jerry’s in Marina Del Rey was packed last night–not too far away from Walgrove there. But I agree–didn’t have to wait behind anyone turning left at the light for Venice on Walgrove!

  3. It was this way even today (Sunday) — coming home from work, going westbound on Olympic from Century City to Santa Monica, it was pretty much clear. Clearer than it usually is at the same bat-time, same bat-place. So great. Back to the races tomorrow …

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