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5 reasons you probably shouldn't drive anywhere in LA this weekend
Need an excuse to stay put this weekend? Here's a legitimate one — traffic could be nightmarish. All around the city, events and construction are hampering the flow of traffic. You could walk, bike, take a bus or summon a ride-sharing service. Or maybe you should just stay home.
1. Wilshire Blvd. shutdown in Miracle Mile
The Purple Line Extension, which will extend the subway westward by nine miles, is in the midst of construction. It should be a boon to commuters when it's finished but it'll be a hassle for drivers during the buildout. Stretches of Wilshire Blvd. around the Miracle Mile area will be shut down for 22 straight weekends to facilitate the construction. The closures, which occur from Fridays at 8 p.m. to Mondays at 6 a.m. (except on the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends), start this weekend. The other option was shutting down Wilshire for seven straight weeks, so we can be grateful that was avoided. More details here about the street closures and detours.
2. Pride in West Hollywood
The LGBT festival's parade doesn't happen until Sunday morning but the festivities begin on Friday night — and street closures start even earlier to allow for the stage and other temporary structures to be built. With tens of thousands of visitors descending on the area, many clubs and venues also host events related to Pride, so you can expect massive crowds and lots of traffic. West Hollywood councilmember John Duran tells KPCC, "The parking restrictions in the city of West Hollywood are lifted for the weekend. But the reality is you can’t find a spot anyway. So what’s the point? We highly encourage people to come in by Uber, Lyft, public transit. We will have a free shuttle up and down Santa Monica Blvd. We want to encourage people to avoid using their car, especially if they’re drinking."
3. Century Blvd. ramp closures at LAX
Good luck getting to and from the airport this weekend. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday night and lasting until 5 a.m. on Monday morning, Century Blvd. will be closed in both directions between La Cienega Blvd. and Felton Ave. The Century Blvd. onramps and offramps on the 405 will also be closed. The closures are part of Inglewood's plan to improve the thoroughfare, which is expected to last another year, reports the Daily Breeze.
4. Make Music in Pasadena
Now that both Beyoncé and the Copa America have visited the Rose Bowl, get ready for Make Music Pasadena, a street festival happening Saturday, June 11. It's a smaller event but with 130 performances and six stages, it will take over a good chunk of Old Town Pasadena.
5. Construction in downtown L.A.
A hot real estate market, a gentrifying neighborhood. It adds up to a major construction boom in downtown Los Angeles — great if you're a real estate developer, not so great if you're a punk club or a driver. Downtown is awash in construction on new hotels and high rises, like the 73-story Wilshire Grand Tower and the Metropolis with its three condo towers, more than 1,500 units and a 19-story hotel. Curbed LA mapped downtown's hotel boom in April, and it included 28 projects. That means tons of streets that are closed or at least narrowed.