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Boston driving: So bad it needs its own lingo?

Terrible road maneuvers, from the Boston left to the California roll

Boston traffic can tax the patience of even a practicing Buddhist. In the spring issue of the magazine Buddhadharma, book editor Brian Arundel describes how he thought he was making spiritual progress—until he moved to Boston, where city residents’ “seeming disregard for the welfare of strangers” include famously reckless driving habits.

“There’s this thing that drivers do here when the light turns green: shoot out and turn left in front of you, before you can make it through the intersection,” Arundel writes. “My fellow transplants call it the ‘Boston left,’ and it’s so engrained in local culture that it’s actually more common than not.” Arundel says he eventually made peace with Bostonian ways, with one exception: “I still react irrationally to the Boston left.”

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