For those of you wondering, yes, the 405 has come to a COMPLETE STANDSTILL today. There are powerlines down by the 405 at Santa Monica, and the northbound lanes have stopped. Thefreeway may be moving by now, but the overflow backed up onto the 10 as far east as La Cienega, and into all the artery streets connected or near the 405.
I actually wasn’t affected by this (and I did drive today, because I have client meetings and cycling isn’t feasible every day), but all my colleagues coming in have this I-fought-my-way-through-the-trenches look to them. Perhaps this is not a good time to point out that this is a consequence of basing an entire society around an impractical, illogical transportation source, distancing residential areas from places of business, and then hoping that nothing goes wrong when millions of cars hit the streets between the two. I’m pretty sure if I pointed that out, someone would strangle me with my mouse cord.