LA develops a bit of panic over the closing of 405, a key freeway through the city. I was flying to and beyond LA as this weekend of construction was approaching. Apparently, it was not as bad as feared. As I heard more and more about this, I could not help but be amused. Why? Because LA was reacting to an announced closing while Montreal was just reeling from a closing of a key part of a highway that surprised even the government. Contractors went ahead with a project without the government agency being too clear about the timing.
Indeed, Thursday night I was driving home from the Nasty Show (which was very funny, although we think last year's might have been funnier) and was gleeful to just make it on to the highway as they were closing the on-ramp. Otherwise, I would have had to drive around looking for other entrances to the highway that might have also been closed. A fun Montreal game--looking for the random on-ramp that is still open.
So, LA prepares the public, and the public reacts by staying home. Montreal does not even know what is going on and tends to message poorly. But the Quebec folks would say--we cannot learn from LA. Montreal is unique, they would say. Oy, I would say.