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Jerry Brown

California needs to fix its freeways. But until it does, let's exploit them

California needs to fix its freeways. But until it does, let's exploit them

"California's freeways are amazing," my Bay Area-raised girlfriend told me the first time I came to the West Coast. This was in the 1980s. She praised the clear signage, the easy-off-and-on entrance ramps, the relative absence of litter — even the flowering shrubs that lined I-80. Bear in mind, we lived in New York City, where burning cars and weeds the height of trees loomed over San Andreas-size cracks in the asphalt jungle in a knot of highways designed by lunatics, you were dead if you couldn't go from zero to 60 in 10 seconds (because the ramps were 50 feet long), and the signs were so awful they inspired the inciting incident in the era's iconic novel,...

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