I don’t know if you have noticed this but I certainly did when I first moved to Southern California: People insist on adding the definite article “the” in front of major freeways. Turns out, it’s not just some baseless regional slang, there’s a decent amount of history behind it.
It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world.
Autonomous vehicles get all the glory in our ideal transportation future, but they’re gonna need somewhere to drive. Our streets are seriously lagging, technology-wise. Enter smart roadways that can alert crews when they need to be repaired—and then can be swapped out as easily as Lego bricks.
A still-under construction luxury apartment complex in LA by the intersection of the 101 and 110 freeways is burning in Los Angeles, damaging surrounding buildings and temporarily closing down freeways. The full-block complex, called the DaVinci, is still smoldering, but firefighters have it under control.
The Southland's freeways hardly inspire optimism anymore. Glance at the shoulder of a slow-moving freeway and among the weeds you'll see shards of plastic and twisted metal—the accumulated detritus of a dozen high-speed crashes. They may (occasionally) be convenient, but whether it's their shabby appearance, the way…
Los Angeles has been, collectively, freaking out for weeks now about the two-day closure of a long stretch of the 405 (one of the city's major highways) and now, finally, that day is upon us. And it's not really that big of a deal.
The people who make electric scooters like to advertise how they can take their elderly riders anywhere. There's probably a fine-print exemption to "anywhere" that includes the shoulders of busy freeways. This owner did not read the fine print.
From loyal reader and Chicago-area superstar Joe, we have the pic above to point and laugh at. We'll let Joe spin the tale:
Oh, the joys of the World Wide Web. CTE sent us a link to a photo of guys laying astroturf on a median in Texas somewhere around 1971. From there, we ended up finding TexasFreeway.com, which touts itself as "Your public library for Texas freeway history." Having lived most of our time in California, the freeways in…
Interesting things about I-10 in West Texas: Exit 420 is Baker Road. The Super 8 in Ozona — a town in which we were vaguely threatened by inbred, meth-addled freaks while driving the So-Cal Speed Shop's Plymouth Prowler to Houston — has the nicest Super 8 Motel the world may ever see. And well, that's about it.…