Monday, September 9, 2013


They paved paradise to put up a parking lot,

sang Joni Mitchell, before launching into an invective about pesticides.

She didn't know it at the time, but she was actually singing about State Street in Salt Lake City this past weekend.  The cars weren't moving.  There were, like, five buses stuck on the one block of State Street between 100 South and South Temple.  Mostly different routes, though there were two 200s about two blocks apart.

One block to the west, TRAX was humming (or rather, hissing) merrily along every 7.5 minutes, carrying loads of  happy, colorfully-costumed people (and those were the ones going to the MoTab concert, you should have seen the Comic Con goers . . .).  One block to the east (one block!) there was no traffic on the street--three cars or so whizzed merrily by, unware of the extreme traffic jam one-eighth of a mile away.

When we got to 2nd East, commutergirl contemplated the scene and dryly remarked, "They can't even drive intelligently.

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