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Triathlon Refuses to Learn

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, September 09, 2007, at 07:57AM

Downtown regularly gets to be the site for big events such as the marathon or protests. One regular returner is today's LA Triathlon. The race's route includes a good number of street closures for Downtown, which is typical. What's not typical is how bad the Triathlon is at making sure residents have access to get in and out of their buildings.

If you're in a Downtown building whose access faces onto 1st in Bunker Hill or onto Grand, plan on sleeping a bit later this morning. I know that the residents of the 135-units at Promenade West have long been fed up with the Triathlon's blocking them in, and I just spoke to a friend at Renaissance Tower who similarly just found out that she can't get out of her building for the morning.

The answer to all this isn't for Downtown to stop being the site for events. That stuff needs to be here. It's simply time that we stop letting incompetent event organizers pull the same tricks year after year.

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