Is the traffic app Waze really causing traffic in LA?

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abcnews.go-AP_los_angeles_traffic_app_jtm_141215_16x9_608Popular smartphone app Waze causes traffic jam; angers LA residents
‘When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

‘When word spread that the explosively popular new smartphone app Waze was sending many of those cars through their neighbourhood in a quest to shave five minutes off a daily rush-hour commute, they were angry and ready to fight back.

‘They would outsmart the app, some said, by using it to report phoney car crashes and traffic jams on their streets that would keep the shortcut-seekers away.

‘Months later, the cars are still there, and the people are still mad.

‘”Los Angeles is a powder keg of cars, construction and population that will only continue to get worse,” Mossler said she wrote to a person from the 405 neighbourhood who complained. “With or without Waze, drivers will be looking for alternatives to major thoroughfares.”…’
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The Rise Of Grandfamilies
When Grandma’s House Is Home
I’ve been living in my grandma’s home since I was 40 mainly because it was almost empty
‘…In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. According to recent U.S. census data, such families have increased by about a third over the past generation.

‘”Once the recession occurred, we actually saw a real uptick in the number of kids living with their grandparents, and now the numbers are close to 8 million,” says Gretchen Livingston, who has studied the trend for the Pew Research Center. “To put that in perspective, that means that about 1 in 10 kids are living with a grandparent.”…’

Heavy Metal addicts get disability benefits in Sweden
‘…His boss allows him to “dress how he wants and play heavy metal music while washing dishes,” according to the Global Post – all because Tullgren has a disability. He is, officially, addicted to heavy metal.

‘Sweden’s English-language news portal The Local described Tullgren as having ”long black hair, a collection of tattoos and wears skull and crossbones jewelry.” He attends roughly 300 heavy metal concerts each year and himself is an amateur performer — he’s a bass guitarist for two bands. For most of his life, his love of heavy metal music has been all-encompassing to the point that he had a hard time holding down a job, and as such, he often received welfare payments. So he pushed the government to classify his apparently overwhelming interest in bands such as Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden as a disability. It took about a decade (and multiple visits to multiple psychologists, of course), but in 2007, Sweden finally agreed…’

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