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New traffic apps may be pushing cars into residential areas
New traffic apps may be pushing cars into residential areas

Veteran Los Angeles drivers who know the shortcuts between the San Fernando Valley and the neighborhoods over the hills to the south still find the steep, zig-zagging side streets of Sherman Oaks daunting. Make one wrong turn, residents joke, and you will be lost in a canyon somewhere. Now, the fast-growing popularity of real-time traffic apps, such as Google Maps and Waze, are steering more and more of the county's 6 million cars around congested freeways and boulevards, and through residential areas such as Sherman Oaks, where traffic is lighter and there are few stoplights. Many commuters say that Waze has made driving a more pleasant and serendipitous experience. But residents...

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