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'Breaking Old Habits' to Clean Air, Clear Traffic

December 26, 1987

Being a commuter to downtown Los Angeles, I read, with interest, your editorial on gridlock ("Locking Out Gridlock," Dec. 8).

The real culprit is usually thoughtlessness or selfishness on someone's part. Frequently, we blame the helpless driver who commits an error in judgment and fails to clear an intersection.

However, I seldom see any recognition that a frequent contributor to gridlock is the intentional parking violator. A particularly serious example exists at the corner of 1st and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles where a major newspaper publisher has its plant. Almost without fail, one of the narrow southbound lanes on Broadway is blocked by large trucks delivering materials to that plant. As a result two lanes must narrow down to one lane at a busy intersection, usually with the result of blocking cross traffic on 1st Street.

To quote a popular book, "Judge not lest ye be judged." When The Los Angeles Times ceases to be a direct cause of part of the gridlock problem, it then becomes appropriate for The Los Angeles Times to be critical of others who create the gridlock.

WALTER W. TUTHILL

Tarzana

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