Greater Los Angeles and Southern California have long been known as possessing a near perfect climate. This climate is consistent, palpable and marketed! The prevailing winds from the Pacific Ocean often create an air conditioning effect where many residences to this day do not have their own private air conditioning. Residents open their windows and large sliding wall-like doors and let the interior environment be naturally cooled by the Pacific Ocean breeze. Long time residents of Greater Los Angeles have come to accept the Mediterranean-like weather that they become immune to its existence. Reading in the newspapers or hearing about weather conditions elsewhere—hurricanes, tornados, torrential rainstorms—may cause Angelenos to acknowledge they live in a paradise as far as the weather is concerned. This brief communication breaks the silence of taking their weather system for granted. “The gradual process of sublimation that seems to characterize most attitudes towards the best…aspects of the environment, but it does take place. Visitors or newcomers, however, who are not yet infected by this essential ennui, are overwhelmed by the natural beauty around them.”
Can the same phenomena of monotony about the consistent weather patterns account for the over-reliance on the automobile for movement in and around Greater Los Angeles? How do we explain the lack of serious movement to improve the urban transportation options in this megalopolis? Are Angelenos and visitors so accepting of the congestion and traffic headaches caused by such a total reliance on the automobile as to be permanently repressed into monotonous acceptance like the persistent sunshine and body-heat temperatures of the prevailing weather?