2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Tinsel Town Saturday Night
April 16, 2012
EXT. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, DUSK
A 2012 Chevrolet Sonic turns onto Broadway. Once a shining boulevard of vaudeville palaces, the street is noticeably rougher now. But the marquee of the fully restored Orpheum Theater shines into the dusk, signaling that Los Angeles, a city that would prefer to knock down its history than preserve it, has perhaps changed its ways. Tonight, the Orpheum is hosting the Los Angeles Conservancy/American Planning Association's screening of "Chinatown," a dark tale of Los Angeles' determination to grow and forget its past--whatever the cost. The Sonic snaps a smart right turn into a narrow alley.
An attendant points the Sonic into a wafer-thin parking place. He's determined to pack as many vehicles as possible (at $10 each) into the lot. The Sonic slips into its place, leaving its passenger and driver just enough room to exit.
PARKING LOT, NIGHT
Hours later, the movie is letting out. Now, every parking place is taken, and some rows are partially blocked. The Sonic's driver has to back up for several rows to find a way out of the lot. The car has no problems maneuvering through narrow rows. It slides onto the street and makes its way through the changing downtown cityscape: bright lights, darkened blocks, the encampments of Skid Row. It's comforting that the doors lock automatically once the car is underway. The Sonic is easy to drive. Nimble. Fun. Unpretentious. What you want in the naked city at night.
LITTLE TOKYO, NIGHT
Another parking lot, not as congested as the first one. The passengers exit. The Sonic rests, awaiting its next action sequence.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @6,583 miles