This explains the many multi-decked "Hollywood" tour buses offering a double treat for all those craving the city of broken dreams.
For the same money, the wreckage of demolished streets!
Now that's a deal.
Obviously, these city works have been in the works for years, but perhaps behind closed business doors where power brokers plan the city and thus decide for us all exactly what kind of town we live in.
Is America being designed and power-brokered this way, beyond the view of American citizens?
For Los Angeles, this is a time when people are arranging not to leave home beyond when it is strictly necessary.
The point is to avoid the mess, filth, and chaos of road-drilling traffic jams, which is everywhere.
Doesn't this scenario have a slight flavor of American post-9/11 agoraphobia?
You might be asking, how does staying in the "hood, i.e. symbolically west/east of Sepulveda, color the way we feel about being alive?
And what does this have to do with July 4th?