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Carmageddon: Big Deal, or a Bunch of Hollywood Hooey?

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Carmageddon is coming, Hollywood stars are tweeting, and somewhere I’m sure Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck are boarding a spaceship to save the world.

But Lisa Schweitzer, a professor of urban planning at the University of Southern California, doesn’t think it’s going to be all that bad. “It’s going to be fine; people had a lot of warning,” Schweitzer said. According to her and other experts, traffic will be bad, but not much worse than the 1984 Olympics or the Michael Jackson funeral. Of course, that relies on people’s intelligence as drivers, and anyone who has driven in LA can tell you that’s a bad thing to rely on.

One way or another, a section of the 405 freeway will be shut down for the weekend starting tonight, which will cut off one of only a few major throughways over the mountains that connects the West Side of LA to the San Fernando Valley. Many major celebrities were asked by the LAPD to tweet the news, and some have obliged: today, Tom Hanks warned everyone with a tweet reading, “This weekend, LA! Avoid Carmageddon, Gas-zilla, 405-enstein, Grid-lock-apalooza! STAY HOME. Eat & shop local! Hanx.”

Man, I love that guy. Throwing a local food and shopping plug in there? Nice! In fact, if people did more of that we could probably avoid the everyday mini-Carmageddons all over the place.

So there you go, folks. If you’re in LA, walk or bike down to the local store for your groceries. Or, since it’s the weekend, walk over to your local farmer’s market!


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