A Business Killer

LA’s experiments with road diets have caused local mom-and-pop businesses to suffer heavy losses, lay off employees, incur burdensome debt and even close up shop altogether.

Seven businesses have closed on the stretch of Venice in the year since that road diet began in May 2017. Owners in both Mar Vista and Playa del Rey experienced immediate drops in sales (25-45% reported), even at businesses with 35+ years of operating history. When the road diet was removed in Playa del Rey, business slowly returned to normal, however, the losses took a heavy toll on owners.