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City streets can be a blessing or curse for entrepreneurs running a small business. When I drive around Los Angeles I bemoan surface street traffic and freeway snarls.
Jamming in a Traffic Jam
I held a sales position with Home Depot for a couple of years and most it was quite local to the San Gabriel Valley. For a few months, though, I had to cover stores in Monrovia and ones in Los Angeles and Hollywood. That meant I could be on a call in Temple City and then have to drive to Beverly Hills with less than an hour for commuting.
During one stressful incident, the entrance to the 710 freeway was shut down in the late morning and fortunately I only managed to be about 15 minutes late.
Mayor's Great Streets Initiative
Mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned several priorities on Friday, October 18 when he addressed business leaders in the San Fernando Valley.
I wrote up the address for my slot as the LA Business News Examiner on Examiner.com in this article on measuring performance here and a second article on marketing Los Angeles here.
He commented about his streets initiative and described how improving and upgrading the streets brought new life to Atwater Village when he was a member of city council.
Simply planting trees and using neighborhood art made the area a place to stop and do business instead of drive through during a commute to a more attractive place that was easier to maneuver.
I'll look forward to more news about the mayor's street upgrades and how that will benefit or not benefit small businesses around Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti seems eager to bring new energy to the city. I'll be looking forward to seeing how his agenda is implemented.