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Potrero Hates "Looking"

Scott Lucas | October 6, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

The cast and crew of Looking are back in San Francisco to film the show's second season—and apparently some Potrero Hill residents and businesses aren't so happy about it. Finally, this show generates some dramatic conflict! (Kidding! We love Looking! We're as worried about how Michael Bauer will review Dom's restaurant as you are.)

According to Matier and Ross, the show's producers have been using a 103,000-square foot warehouse in the area—as well as all of the parking spaces around it. That has gym owner Joe Talmadge grumbling—and Supervisor Malia Cohen introducing legislation that would require the SF Film Commission, which oversees the logistics for the city, to give a 72-hour notice before film crews set up. Cohen doesn't sound too happy in the piece, saying, "The Film Commission has already demonstrated whom they serve and their priorities—and unfortunately, it’s not the community."

For its part, the show says its tried to extend an olive branch by buying memberships at Talmadge's gym, as well as coffee, lunches, and even lumber for the set in Potrero Hill. That's a total of $174,000 pumped into the area.

Will the boys' grumpy neighbor turn out to have a heart of gold? Will Agustin ever find a parking space? Will Michael Bauer drop the dreaded decibel-level bomb on Dom? Stay tuned for next week.

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