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With apologies to Woody Allen, making a right turn on a red light is certainly not Los Angeles’ only cultural advantage.
Left turns have long challenged motorists’ patience—and common sense.
From Dead Man’s Curve on Sunset to the impossibly short on-ramps of the Arroyo Seco Parkway, Los Angeles roadways offer many opportunities for white-knuckled motoring. But perhaps none is as terrifying—or as thrill-inducing—as Baxter Street.
Until the city began experimenting with traffic-control devices, a driver at an intersection relied only on common sense and a set of complicated rules in deciding whether to proceed or wait politely