Letter to the editor, Downtown News, March 17, 2003

The problems surrounding the use of Downtown by film crews is not limited to the grievances of residents ("Film Grievances Intensify," March 3, 2003). Downtown is a major meeting point for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other transit agencies, yet when streets are closed for filming, there is rarely notice given to those agencies -- who frequently find themselves detouring service. As a result, the agencies are unable to give advance notice to passengers, who are unaware that their bus stop has been moved.

A great deal of Downtown's character comes from those who visit via public transit, and riders have as much right as residents to be notified by film crews. I would suggest coordinating with transit agencies to post notices at bus stops at least 24 hours in advance.

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