The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying ‘the’ Before Freeway Numbers

The culture shock that hits me is how Southern Californians don’t use landmarks. Saying “the” feels natural here, but only here. “The 120” or “The 75” just don’t work.

How did Southern Californians come to treat their highway route numbers as if they were proper names?

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