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MID CITY, LOS ANGELES — Earlier today Traci Benton, a native Angeleno, walked eight blocks from her apartment to the Beverly Center because she needed to return something to Bloomingdales. She began her epic journey on Swall Dr. and 3rd St. and thought it looked like a nice day to “do something I’d never done before.” But as soon as Benton took a few steps, she immediately regretted not taking her car. “Eight blocks doesn’t sound like much,” she said, “but holy shit it’s far. It might as well have been eight miles. I mean sure, it only took me fifteen minutes, but I didn’t have the comfort of my leopard print bucket seat, the blaring of the car radio, or the satisfying feeling that I’m wasting gas. Not only that, it was disorienting not entering the mall through the parking lot. I mean, I just walked right in! Who does that?!” Benton was distraught when she finished her errand and realized she had to walk back. She decided to call a taxi, which cost $11.45 after tip but was “totally worth it.”