They 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.
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.