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Missing Carmageddon already: 'Monday is going to be be hell again'

July 17, 2011 |  1:22 pm

Click here fore more photos "Carmageddon" may still be a fresh memory but some Angelenos miss it already.

"I love this," said Scott Kramer of Westwood after lunching at a Westwood Boulevard restaurant."There is nobody on Wilshire. Where is everybody?"

Kramer, 56, did get into his car Saturday to make the short trip to an empty supermarket, but put off a Century City jaunt to have his glasses fixed.

"I didn't want to push my luck," he said.

But Monday looms on the horizon.

PHOTOS: Carmageddon closes the 405 Freeway

"Monday is going to be hell again," the medical technician said.

But in about 11 months, he'll have another shot at open roads and ample parking when the 405 is shut down again. "If it's just like this, it will be great," he said.

Ken Contini, 58, of Studio City said he saw no lessons to be learned from the shutdown.

"People who drive continue to drive," he said.

Contini, who lives near a Metro station, said that in Los Angeles public transit would continue to separate the haves from the have-nots.

Heather Hart, a family portrait photographer, said people just didn't drive this past weekend. "The lesson is that the public will actually listen," said Hart, a Santa Monica resident.

She doesn't think the closure inspired people to take public transit but rather prompted them to go on vacation, stay home or take different routes.

And that, she said, wasn't necessarily bad.

"I think it's great that everybody listened because if they wouldn't have, it would have been a disaster," she said.


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Photo: California Highway Patrol officers clear the 405 Freeway northbound entrance at Tennessee and Cotner avenues. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times