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Angelenos, how has the city’s worsening traffic changed your life?

Cars travel along State Route 110  on February 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Cars travel along State Route 110 on February 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Angelenos love to talk about the weather and traffic - despite the unchanging nature of both things.

We know that the weather is most likely than not going to be good, and traffic is most likely than not going to be horrible. Still, we are obsessed.

As part of the California Dream project, a collaboration between KPCC and newsrooms across the state, our transportation reporter Meghan McCarty Carino will be looking at mobility issues and how they relate to the changing idea of the California Dream.

For this segment, AirTalk wants to hear your memories from the golden age of driving in California -- a time supposedly before bumper-to-bumper traffic, where you can get from one part of town to another with little frustration. Do you remember when the freeways were new and freely flowing (or at least more so than they are today)? What was it like to live and drive around LA during that time? How have you seen things change?

In addition, how has mounting congestion changed the way you live your life in Southern California – from decisions about which jobs you take or who you have relationships with, to how often you visit the beach or go out to dinner out of your neighborhood? Has congestion changed the way you conceive of and interact with the city and shrunken it down to a smaller sphere? How does that influence what you expect of your immediate neighborhood and the amenities it offers?

Call us at 866.893.5722 to let us know.


Meghan McCarty Carino, KPCC reporter covering commuting and mobility issues; she’s working on a series of stories for California Dream project, a reporting partnership with newsrooms across California including KPCC, KQED, KPBS, Capital Public Radio and CalMatters