Fix Baxter Street (or get out of our Waze)
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Per the LA Times, Baxter Street resident Talkington said that Councilman Mitch O'Farrell's office asked the city Transportation Department to study the matter, and two possible solutions have been proposed.
One is to turn Baxter Street into a one-way avenue heading east, but as Talkington told me, that could create new traffic nightmares and penalize Echo Park residents trying to go west and north.
The other is to prohibit left turns onto Baxter from Lakeshore Drive, a popular shortcut maneuver.
Google Maps models the ever-changing real world by mapping for ground truth. This means that our map reflects any measures taken by local agencies to protect their citizens—for example, blocking off a steep road, or implementing turn restrictions.
Should the local agency decide to restrict Baxter Street, this change will be taken into account when routing drivers through the Los Angeles area.
Per the LA Times, Todd Walker, who lives near Baxter Street, pitched a modified option. "My thought is that if there was no left turn" onto Baxter from Lakeshore "on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Waze would be legally obligated to take it off their website and it would no longer show up," he said.
It’s important to note that Waze does not ‘control’ traffic but our maps do reflect public roads that federal and local authorities have identified and built for its citizens.
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