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is traffic on the local roads ..down in your area??

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posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 12:53 PM
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I took a trip to visit my parents this weekend. ON Sunday I got on my new scooter and went down one of the main road across town on my way to thier house. About a 5 mile trip.

What I noticed for the second time in about two weeks is that for a Sunday...evening ..about 4PM that traffic was noticably down. Noticable for that time of the evening I mean.

Have any of you noticed this in the areas of the country where you live??

I would like to get a cross section of opinion/views on this from different people around this country. USA here.

Just taking stock of trends of which I notice.

My thanks in advance for any views on this.

Orangetom




posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:06 PM
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I have notice also that after the initial rush hours during the day cars become very scarce in the road lately.

Like driving is been kept to a minimal.

But is not surprises as the statistics show that people are traveling less since the gas prices has gotten so high.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:14 PM
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Thanks Marge for your reply.

Yes I understand about the gas prices but I want to get a cross section of people around the country. I noticed it a couple of weeks ago and just filed it away till this last weekend when scooting to my parents house.

I have been riding a moped and or a scooter for years and years now ..before gas was $2.00 per gallon so it has not hit me as hard as other peoples. Then again neither do I commute as far or as long as do others.

Thanks Marge for the view from your part of the country.

Orangetom



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:18 PM
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This is so funny you bring up this topic. I have been asking everyone I know WHAT IS UP WITH THIS?!?!?!..for a while, now.

I am seriously baffled. It seems to me like the more gas prices go up, the more insanely packed the roads are with traffic. It's insane getting caught in traffic on the way to the store, when I live like 2 blocks from it.
I don't drive personally, but when with someone who does, we both comment that the traffic is getting so much worse thna it has ever been

I am confused as hell, and nobody seems to be able to answer my question. Seriously, I don't think I have ever been so baffled over anything.

In little Gresham Oregon, traffic has NEVER been as bad as it is now, at all times of day until like 11 at night. Insane, anyone else notice the same thing I have, or have some answer for this?



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:21 PM
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Well I live in a small town in Ga, so I imagine that if you live in a congested area or big city you may no see a difference on traffic.

I can tell you that in my small town people seems to stay out of the roads as much as they can even me.

Just driving when is needed.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:24 PM
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Have any of you noticed this in the areas of the country where you live??

Yes, like crazy.
Last Saturday evening I rode my bicycle to the store and had not one car pass me, on the residential streets, over a mile of traveling.
That is not normal, at all.
I stopped driving my van and use my bike.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:24 PM
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Well, I will admit, that little Gresham Oregon isn't anything as bad as Portland. And, the illegal population is growing exponentially, and QUICK. I don't think they would like these gas prices either though, so I just don't get it.

Just doesn't make sense. The more gas prices go up, the more cars there are stuck in traffic, on every road in town.
Makes it very frustrating to get around. It never used to be like this, that was the appeal to living here.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:27 PM
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Yep here in cali more are car and van pooling.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:33 PM
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I have noticed a lot LESS people going out in there boats on the weekends. I guess towing the boat using the gas sucking truck doesnt help either.

Yes I have seen a decrease in traffic, especially on weekends.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:35 PM
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yep orangetom,

I've noticed this too. I live in LA. they saw that nobody walks in LA, well thats changing with these gas prices and fast. I've found myself walking up to 8 miles a day in the summer heat to save on gas money. I drive a sportier car. not a sports car, but one that has slightly less than decent gas mileage. I can't spend 20 bucks a day and blow through even 4 gallons of gas without it effecting my sometimes precarious budget.

Rush hour although still bad, isn't as bad as it used to be. during rush hour a trip from Santa Monica to Encino used to take 45 minutes to an hour, now it takes maybe 45 minutes. A lot less people are driving unless they need to.

My fiends used to drive down into hollywood almost every other night just to go to restaurants or clubs. not now. now it's very vogue for my friends to all gather at a central location, a friends house, and watch TV with a 6 pack shared between 3 people. (2 beers each) We call it riding out the recession. and keeping our heads down for a better day when the economy isn't so bad.

Heck we don't even visit a buddy of mine because he lives in chatsworth and the round trip is about $10 in gas. He'll call from time to time complaining hat nobody ever visits him (he doesn't own a car) we have to explain to him that it's not him it's the recession. we simply can't afford to visit him.

So your observations are spot on. I guess the phenomina is right across the board all over the US.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:43 PM
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I live in the Austin area of Texas. We always see a reduction of traffic in the summer due to the Univ of Texas being out. But, even allowing for that the drive to work for me goes much faster nowadays. I have about a 20 mile commute (one way) and what used to take 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes now takes me about 30 or 35 minutes.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 02:02 PM
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The traffic has not decreased any here. I live on the coast between Savannah, Ga and Jacksonville, Fla.

The roads on the islands as well as the mainland are packed. People seem to be going faster too.

If I didn't know there were serious financial problems in our country I sure
could not tell it by seeing the spending habits here.

Restaurants, motels, malls, stores are busy. New housing sub divisions going up like crazy.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 02:05 PM
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N/E Arizona:

Less traffic in town, restaurants are not full as they used to be.

Even the casinos down the hill at Laughin, Nevada aren't very crowded nor are the restaurants in the casinos.

We don't gamble much at all and used to go down there - 70 mile round trip - twice a month, but a few days back was the first time in about two months.

Restaurant prices are still very good, like in not much $$ at all.
Concerts and dinner out can be a cheap date most times.

It's helping that we save our errands and get em all done in one trip.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 03:13 PM
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well I know that the consumerism obsessed culture of Los Angeles is spending much less money. the economy is effecting them. the sunset strip is pretty quiet these days, and my friend who owns a very large night club out in hollywood has seen his profits plummet. people are just not going out and spending their money.

So if the economy is bad enough to smack angelinos out of their spend spend trendy self obsessed consumerism habits, probably among the worst in the country, than the economy is pretty bad, and from the posts it seems like everybody is feeling the hurt right now.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 03:31 PM
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Mankato MN area is still full of traffic. The only thing I have noticed, and not just in the Mankato area but everywhere I go is that restaurants and bars are very empty. Some people may be driving less but I think the more realistic solution for most people with the high gas prices is to cut the extra things like going out to eat.



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 07:50 PM
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I have seen a dramatic decline in local traffic, usually we'd have traffic backups, but on the 4th of July even...it was a ghost town. It was like the traffic normally would be at 1am or so...it was pretty strange. Glad to hear people are cutting back nationwide



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 08:06 PM
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Big time... I went out last Sunday afternoon to the hardware store and it was sureal driving down 14 mile by my house. Very few cars and all the parking lots empty. It usually boom time on a Sunday afternoon in the summer..

There is going to be a huge gap in spending by consumers. Corporate America is going to feel it and more jobs will be lost... Of course the Military Industrial Complex is booming so all is well in the world...



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 08:10 PM
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This is happening in my area, my sisters, and my grandparents as well. Didn't know it was occuring in so many places.



[edit on 16-7-2008 by rapinbatsisaltherage]



posted on Jul, 17 2008 @ 12:59 PM
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Wow!!! Goodness me!!

I did not expect so many replys and so rapidly. I am pleased to get so many replys from such a cross section of this country.

Thanks and recognition to BASSPLYR, and Desert Dawg in particular. Good to see your post again Dawg...still keeping them in the X ring I hope.

I e-mailed a few people in different parts of the country. Two have noticed the same decrease in traffic. One ,because he is in the mountains of Tennessee, has not since this is a place where the sidewalks pretty much close up after a certain time of the night. One does not make frivilous trips in places like this without taking the whole shopping list and stopping by the post office box.

I am thinking that alot more people are staying home..watching movies etc. Who knows...with more people staying home the art of storytelling may be coming back. And with that ..the knowlege of whom and what we are as a people/a nation....our family ancestors and such. Untainted by commercial interruption and PC controls. This could be a good thing.

DizzieDame,

Intresting about your area of the country. I am thinking that in a vacation spot it is not as noticable as other places. Those who can afford to get away are obviously flockiing to that area.
Ive been there to some of those islands. Very lovely there. Development seems to be controlled on some of the islands and they are managing to keep most of thier quaintness and down home flavor. I hate it at Nags Head where it is so commercially stamped out...like a xerox machine..all concrete and loud colours. It is the same thing to me about Pigeon Forge Tennessee and Dollywood. I hate it up there for that reason. It is all stamped out..no down home American Individual flavor. Not enough down home American Buisnesses...all franchises. Not intrested in Xerox machine copys of other buisnesses. Xerox copys like Nags Head and Pigeon Forge give me the impression of being hustled rather that an enjoyable vacation spot. Not for me ..no thanks.
Hope to make the trip to Savannah some day. Always wanted to see that city. Charleston SC is as far as Ive come so far. Love older citys with some vintage to them. To many citys now days are all plastic and concrete.

Lost Nemisis,

I am at a loss to understand what the traffic attraction is in Portland and your city Gresham, Oregon. I got curious as to exactly where it was and looked it up on Google Earth. Looks like a long and large river system going through those citys. None the less your traffic situation like Dizzie Dame is noted here in Virginia. Thanks for your input.


But it is very intresting to use this format to get a glimpse of what is happening around the other states and that people are becomeing aware of it.

Once again my thanks to all for thier posts.

Orangetom

[edit on 17-7-2008 by orangetom1999]



posted on Jul, 17 2008 @ 04:18 PM
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yeah it's true I think that more people are staying home watching movies instead of going out and spending money. I know my group of friends all go over to my buddy Phil's house because he has a 56 inch flat screen and a satellite dish.

All of my buddies hang out there now except for the one guy without a car who lives too far away for us to spend the gas to pick him up.




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