Laurel Canyon: There Goes The Neighborhood
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Laurel Canyon Boulevard -- just south of Mulholland Drive -- always seems to be covered by a miniature river of water?
Are there enough pool owners in the neighborhood to keep the street submerged when they take turns draining their backyard swimming holes?
It can't be blamed on the recent rains-- the water flows even on the hottest days of summer.
Is there some sort of hidden Artesian well? If so, why isn't someone selling the stuff at the Canyon Store**?!?
An admission: I dread driving through the pass because my (black) car is always getting splattered from the oversized, street-water spewing wheels of the Escalades in front of me (and, yes, I now avoid Laurel Canyon for a few days after I get the car washed).
But here's my real concern: what sort of damage is being wreaked by this daily dribble? Is the soft soil beneath the two-lane road slowly crumbling away?
I'm beginning to get the feeling that the top of Laurel Canyon might be headed downslope (and into oblivion)-- just like those Bluebird Canyon hillside estates in Laguna.
Or, hey... like some homes in Laurel Canyon.
Do I suffer from some weird case of hypochondria for highways?
Maybe. But with good (decent) reason.
**Take a listen to The Doors song, "Love Street" to hear a reference to Laurel Canyon and the, "...place where all the creatures meet."