I saw on the news today that the Getty will be closed the weekend the 405 is closed. Then they went on to report that several places are offering incentives to get people to their businesses.
The debate question: What should the local businesses do? Encourage people to stay home, offer huge incentives to come, close, or do nothing different than they would usually do?
It's a main freeway in LA. A 10-mile stretch of the freeway will be closed from Friday evening 7/15 - Monday morning 7/18. They're calling it 'Carmageddon.'
We were on the 405 in April, heading from LA to Laguna Niguel. Some road!
I think that if the employees would experience undue hardship in order to get to their workplace, they businesses should just close. I assume that the loss of weekend revenue will be a hardship, but (I'm guessing here) if they are improving the road in such a way that access will get better, they may ultimately recoup their loss and more?
Close. The traffic wouldn't make it worth it for normal prices and you'd be a public nuisance if you offered incentives for people to clog up avenues that people that *need* to be in that area for other reasons.
I figure that California is so progressive that they probably already offer cash to people affected by road closures.....California seems to give money to everyone, don't they?
The businesses should just close and take a holiday. But maybe some great owners would still pay their staff or something....I know a double whammy on their bottom line, but a girl can hope, right? Or it will just be like the rest of the state employees and they are having a "furlough".....
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I think part and parcel of having a business conveniently located off the freeway is that there's going to be construction from time to time and that access to the businesses is going to be restricted or possibly cut off altogether. If customers can find an alternate route I see no reason why the owners shouldn't try to incite people with good deals. If they have a really great insurance policy that will pay the employees' wages during a forced closure then probably best to just close. The noise, the stink, the traffic congestion...ugh. No thanks!
Our city train goes straight through the downtown core and for the past couple years they've been lengthening platforms to make room for longer trains, moving platforms from one block to the next and essentially cutting off pedestrian traffic to countless businesses up and down about 10 HUGE city blocks. These businesses have had huge reductions in patronage for literally months and months. Some have closed down permanently, others have moved to better locations. I guess that's just a risk you take when you open up shop on a heavily travelled route. The route's going to need maintenance from time to time.
I think that it's horrible to do that to the citizens of the LA area... close two highways at the same freaking time??? I know how peed off I get when they do crap like this here in Vegas, and we just have three little freeways in our little desert here... but to do that in Cali... that's insane!
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