July 17, 2011
Foot traffic, movie traffic heavier than street traffic on Carmageddon weekend
Despite the closing of the 405 this weekend, few cars dotted the streets on my way to see “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part II” at L.A. Live this weekend. In fact, the theater was only half-full even though it was opening weekend for the monster film. On Thursday night, lines were wrapping around the building in anticipation for the film’s opening. On Saturday, I arrived only a half an hour before the screening and had my choice of just about any seat in the theater.
In an attempt to be environmentally conscious, I took public transportation from my apartment in Westwood to L.A. Live. Even the bus system was relatively quiet for a weekend journey. I can only assume most weekenders spent their time locked up in their houses for fear of the mad house that never accumulated on the streets.
Without stop and go traffic and cramped buses Los Angeles felt a lot like, well, anywhere but Los Angeles. This prompted one of my movie-going companions to proclaim that L.A. should destroy a bridge every weekend in order to reduce traffic.
Carmaggedon, in short, never amounted to anything near Armageddon for me. I still went about my normal plans and actually probably had more fun then I normally would have had.