Planning Winter 2021

Et Cetera

Now Streaming: No Reservation Needed

LA’s Alta Adams met COVID-19 restrictions with sliding scale prices for essential workers and a new coffee and wine shop, above. Photo courtesy Crimes of Curiosity.

LA's Alta Adams met COVID-19 restrictions with sliding scale prices for essential workers and a new coffee and wine shop, above. Photo courtesy Crimes of Curiosity.

Through a special partnership with Resy, the online dining reservation site, LA-based media studio Crimes of Curiosity produced a series of short documentary films exploring how the city's small restaurants have been affected by — and adapted to — the COVID-19 crisis.

Each of the four films in On the Line follows a similar narrative: After first meeting the quirky and endearing personalities behind each business, the pandemic hits, public health orders are instituted, and we are confronted with the existential economic threat the shutdown represents to a small neighborhood business. But after the initial intros, the narrative gets more upbeat as we learn about the creative, inspiring ways these entrepreneurs learn to adjust, respond, and reshape their workflows and markets in real time.

While not downplaying the very real economic effects of this crisis, the stories are uplifting, both individually and as a group. Across the city, in very different neighborhoods, small businesses and neighbors are helping each other and extending a sense of generosity to support their employees, their communities, and the health-care and essential workers of the city. Motivated by both necessity and a desire to do more, small restaurants are nimbly reinventing their core business models. People are helping people, and humanity — despite many setbacks — is responding to fear, loss, and danger with love, art, caring, resilience, and, of course, some delicious food.

Watch all four films for free at Resy, where you can also find ways to support these businesses and others through the pandemic.

Ezra Haber Glenn, AICP, is Planning's regular film reviewer. He teaches at MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and writes on cities and film at Urban Film.


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