Waze Shortcuts Causing Headaches For SoCal Residents

If you if you live in Southern California chances are you use the Waze cell phone app to get around. Or perhaps its cousin Google Maps. Fine ideas very handy very innovative I use them myself ...but one unintended consequence of these apps is that once quiet residential neighborhoods are being overrun by commuters directed to the streets by the apps which are programmed to avoid congestion and suggest alternatives.

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I spoke with one woman who lives in the hills above the San Fernando Valley off of Laurel Canyon who said she waits about 10 minutes just to get out of her small dead end street to turn on so you can take your kid to school while cars race by as she put it like the Indy 500. I'm sure you've heard similar stories or have heard or seen this problem or maybe contributed to it. So the City of Los Angeles which is embarking on some vaguely defined partnership with Waze to share data on construction and road closures is now being asked by Los Angeles city councilman Paul Krekorian to alter its mysterious computer algorithms to minimize the sending of traffic through small residential streets that weren't designed for heavy loads.

I corresponded with the Google representative which owns Waze via email Ashe was in meetings and too busy to talk on the phone , who didn't really acknowledge the problem or my questions about quality of life issues simply saying that they're good with quality-of-life and they support residential neighborhoods and safe streets or some sort of non answer answer. So, one persons convenient shortcut is another persons problem. The balance has yet to be achieved. Don't hold your breath.

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