Not yet but L.A. Times columnist and Silver Lake resident Steve Lopez seems to think that congestion has definitely gotten worse closer to home as “Westside traffic has moved east.” In a recent column, Lopez writes:
No matter which way I turn in and around Silver Lake, there are routine tie-ups where there used to be relatively clear sailing … It’s still nothing like trying to motor east on Olympic or Wilshire near the 405 during the evening rush, when ants make better time. But I drive a lot for work, and I can tell you by my estimation that traffic has gotten worse in much of Southern California in the last year, not just the Hollywood-downtown-Pasadena triangle where I spend most of my time.
Is Eastside traffic more congested because of cheap gas and gentrification or are all of those new small-lot townhouse developments and bike lanes to blame? Probably all of those and other factors have played a role, Lopez surmises.