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Traffic Control Is Greek to L.A.

June 09, 2002

On June 1, one of public radio's most popular programs, Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," originated from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. His show, as usual, was great, but Los Angeles and the Greek Theatre were not.

We were among the hundreds of guests who did not get into their seats until well after the broadcast had begun (we missed 40 minutes of the two-hour show). The tickets were expensive. We had left home early to get there on time. Why didn't we? Because it took us an hour and a half to drive just two miles in horrendous traffic from the 5 Freeway to the Greek Theatre via Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue. There were no accidents. There simply was no traffic control--not an officer in sight--and a parking system that was inefficient beyond belief.

Keillor had large crowds for his programs in recent years in Claremont and Pasadena. Those communities had no problem handling traffic. What in the world is wrong with L.A. and the Greek Theatre?

Leonard Lahtinen

Anaheim

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