The other day, as I was sitting bumper to bumper on the 55 Freeway, my mind wandered to the ultimate horror--gridlock. That's when traffic ceases to move for long periods of time. The worst-case scenario is that you would have to leave your car on the freeway and take a cab or a bus home, or even hoof it. The experts say this catastrophe may be just around the corner in the greater Los Angeles area.
And there is no doubt in my mind that this could happen on the freeways in and around Costa Mesa, where the traffic crawls even during off-hours. Then I got to thinking, why does the traffic slow to a crawl in the Costa Mesa area. The reason became apparent. South Coast Plaza and its environs with the perpetually jammed parking lots and constant comings and goings add to the freeway crush, along with the Irvine industrial areas, major thoroughfares and the confluence of two major freeways.
This thought led to another. The Costa Mesa City Council has approved in recent months one major development after another. No project is too dense or too likely to produce traffic congestion, noise and pollution, for the pro-growth council majority.