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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Location scouts upset again over green bike lane in downtown L.A. [LA Times]


Location scouts are once again red-faced over the bright green bicycle lane in downtown Los Angeles.


City officials painted a 1.5-mile strip of Spring Street neon green in 2011 for a bike lane as part of larger effort pushed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to make streets safer and more inviting to cyclists.

But the bike path still rankles location scouts and filmmakers, who see it as another hurdle to filming in Los Angeles.

Their concern: The bright color would be a distraction to viewers, doesn't belong in period movies and makes it harder for L.A. to do what it does best: play other cities.

"As we all know, unlike other major cities, our downtown footprint is very small and limited and we've used this stretch for [an] 'anywhere in the world' big city for years and it is vital to us for many projects, " Ed Duffy, business agent for Teamsters Local 399, which represents location managers, wrote in a recent email to members.

After weeks of negotiations, the mayor's office assured location managers last year that the city would let the stretch of Springs Street between 3rd and 9th fade away, Duffy said.

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