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Waze is an unwelcome guest in Westchester’s Osage Neighborhood

Why neighborhoods are hopping mad

GPS is great for unfamiliar neighborhoods, estimating how long a trip will take, and finding the nearest gas station; however, it’s also wreaking havoc in otherwise quiet neighborhoods. Services like Waze and other navigation apps give users the ability to circumvent road construction, natural disasters, and detours. This sounds like a great idea, in theory, unless of course you happen to live in one of the neighbors the apps suggest as a detour.

Waze is being blamed for sending loads of unwanted traffic through Westchester’s Osage neighborhood, as drivers try to beat slowdowns on the 405 around LAX. Can anything be done? Here’s what you need to know:

  • The “Waze Effect” is real. It’s been documented in other major metros. One area found an uptick of 40,000 cars when highway construction was underway nearby.
  • Posting fake accident reports doesn’t work. Waze knows that others are getting through and its algorithm will ignore your report.

If you’re a Waze user, consider whether you’re really saving any time by cutting through somebody else’s neighborhood. With my daughter’s school in Hawthorne and my office in Venice, I’ve tried all kinds of “shortcuts” to avoid freeway bottlenecks, but have finally concluded that it’s fruitless. Better that I stay on the 405 and leave other people’s neighborhoods to them.

Our Councilman recently held a public meeting on the topic of Waze and Westchester’s Osage neighborhood. The meeting was well-attended by lots of cranky neighbors. Unfortunately, that was months ago and I haven’t heard a peep since. It’s only going to get uglier over there with a couple of high density apartment projects under construction.

What about you? Are you suffering in Osage? Are you a Waze user? Let’s talk in the comments!


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About Tracy Thrower Conyers

Tracy Thrower Conyers is a long-time resident of Westchester 90045. Tracy closely follows local politics, political players and social chatter relevant to Westchester. As a mom with a school-aged child, Tracy is keenly aware of the importance of the educational choices we make for our kids, and spends a lot of time following local schools. She's active in California's charter school movement, and pays extra attention to special needs education choices and resources. Tracy is also a founding principal in Silicon Beach Properties. Tracy is a recognized expert on Silicon Beach and its impact on residential and residential income real estate, and has been featured by respected media outlets including the LA Times, KPCC and KCET. Tracy's primary focus and expertise includes buying and selling homes and residential income properties in Venice, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey and Westchester. Find more on Tracy and Silicon Beach Properties on sb.p's website. Connect other places online with Tracy: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Higher volume of traffic is frustrating but the rudeness is the unwelcome part…. Running stop-signs, grid locking, affects those of us who are living in the cut through, and get the pleasure of folks in a rush….

    Be kind and if you have to wait for 3 signals, look in the mirror….. Wait your turn… Or just stay on the Fwy….

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