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Old 07-02-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Glendale
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I live in Glendale and there is a new construction site half a block from my apartment. I have an option to transfer to Santa Monica, and move to an apartment that is 50 yards North of highway 10 and 0.7 mile from the ocean. According to my research winds in SM are usually from South West. Since the construction started I have to use nebulizer; there is dust and diesel equipment. I'm pretty sure it's caused by it. The construction will last for 2 more years, so I have to move. In general I feel fine in that apartment in SM. I'm wondering if the wind blows the highway pollution inland.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:37 AM
 
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You should take a look at some of the work that UCLA has been doing on air quality. They do a lot of monitoring throughout the city and can probably give you some fairly specific data. Ultrafine particulate is the thing you really need to pay attention to. It gets in through closed windows and doors.

Being close to the freeway is a negative, but the prevailing wind will make a positive difference.

Also, it makes a difference whether you are level with the freeway or lower. If it’s lower, it seems that there is commonly an inversion layer in early morning hours that holds the air at street level, rather than it dispersing.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:49 AM
 
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A quarter of Angelenos breathe noxious freeway pollutants every morning | UCLA
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:01 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA 94122
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Sounds like the apt is around Lincoln Blvd? The freeway drops down below street level there, as it turns along the coast into PCH. Other than being beside the fwy, so close to the coast should be nice clean air. Normal westerly winds should blow the auto fumes directly along the fwy eastwards, but some may get past the boundary of the highway up to the street levels. Also, the traffic is much less in that terminal segment than the main freeways in LA, since all the SM traffic has already exited, leaving just the coastal people. So, all things considered, I think you won't have much trouble there, certainly much better than the Glendale place!
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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I live in Glendale and there is a new construction site half a block from my apartment. I have an option to transfer to Santa Monica, and move to an apartment that is 50 yards North of highway 10 and 0.7 mile from the ocean. According to my research winds in SM are usually from South West. Since the construction started I have to use nebulizer; there is dust and diesel equipment. I'm pretty sure it's caused by it. The construction will last for 2 more years, so I have to move. In general I feel fine in that apartment in SM. I'm wondering if the wind blows the highway pollution inland.
go to airnow.gov and put in the zip code. Watch several times during the day.If asthma is a problem you want below m50 90% or better of the time.


Click on Forecast and AQI loop not just current and you will see how it changes throughout the day. You can access it on your iPhone as well.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:35 AM
 
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Pretty sure most studies show being within 100 meters of a freeway is the worst for particulate matter.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:54 AM
 
Location: NNV
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I wouldn't want to live so close to a freeway...
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