Any Angeleno knows of the great hype that was deemed "Carmageddon," where the 405 freeway shut down a substantial section this past weekend (fuck the 405, by the way). That freeways sucks!
Well, the closure had everyone assuming that LA traffic would be pretty much gridlocked, and commuting anywhere in this city was predicted to be a huge pain in the ass.
We couldn't have been any more wrong. The freeway closure and months of warnings about it resulted in millions of Angelenos staying in or fleeing outside of town, and boy, were the streets a luxurious empty. I dared to brave the streets doing my normal routine and venturing West to hang with friends. Driving down the deserted highway (at least for LA standards) was incredibly refreshing. In a place where traffic is some of the worst in the world, Carmageddon was Awesomegeddon. There were very few cars on the freeway and it took me less than 10 minutes to get to Santa Monica from Mid-City, Los Angeles.
Everyone was wrong (I had a hint that it wouldn't be as bad as everyone said it was going to be). We should have freeway closures more often.
Here's an article about how some really cool friggin people took advantage of the closure for some fun times and an awesome photograph. I wish I could say that I did something just as daring.
Have a great week, everyone!