When I met with the directors, we talked about their complicated feelings regarding their move to Echo Park. They're part of a force that is changing what attracted them to the neighborhood in the first place, and yet they've been enriched by their neighbors, and vice versa.
"When we looked at one scene we were shooting, I said to Richard, 'Do you believe this is our movie? We've just shot an entire scene in Spanish, and we don't speak Spanish,' " Westmoreland said.
I told them they shouldn't feel guilty about moving to Echo Park any more than I should feel guilty about moving to Silver Lake. In both cases, we wanted some edge and diversity and, more important, something that didn't cost a million dollars.
But that doesn't mean there aren't ways to build and preserve neighborhoods that are mixed racially and economically, even though California and Los Angeles have done such a lousy job of it.