One thing that bothers me about this area, above all else, are the speed limits.
If you're downtown, the speed limit is 25. If you're out of the major downtown area, you're blessed to get a limit of 35.
AND IT'S STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Now, in the snow, or when roads are icy, 25 is a reasonable speed. You slip and slide a bit, but seem to have control when you're in the 20's or low 30's.
However, when it's warmer and you can only go 25, you feel like you're barely moving at all. You can look outside and see snails whizzing by...
I recently worked at a store where my commute to work war about 33 miles. I loved my freeway time, because it let me know that my car can still move. When your car is only allowed to get to about 35 on most days, there's no real reason to shift past 3rd gear, and the car likes that just about as much as I do...
Just to be an ass, I'm going to buy a V8 sports car, JUST so I can drive it around town, at 5% of it's true potential. *grumble*