DTLA Filming Up 20%, Local Business and Residents Suffer
Downtown residents and visitors know the tell-tale signs: motorcycle cops standing next to their bikes at key locations, cones blocking streets, fake police cars for a city we don't live in whizzing by, star wagons clustered a parking lot away, detours a-plenty and no parking for blocks means there's yet another film shoot taking place. Filming in DTLA is up 20% and old frustrations are cropping up right along with it, according to Downtown News.
A recent GMC commercial shoot shut down the area in front of the Nickel Diner and owner Monica May says the shoot cost her a 20% drop in sales. Other merchants and many downtown residents are singing the same - and oh so familiar - tune. With more than 8,000 production days projected to take place downtown this year, how can film shoots (and the much-needed revenue they bring) peacefully co-exist with businesses and residents when the shoots make basic travel (even on foot) and access to services a frustrating challenge at best?