A wealthy neighborhood in Houston has tried and failed to ban photographers, after 40-50 photoshoots, often extravagant engagement or wedding shoots complete with props, were said to be taking place each weekend.
The picturesque Broadacres neighborhood has become a hotspot for local photographers to take their clients, renown for its thick canopy of old live oak trees. A week or so ago, the Broadacres Homeowners Association (BHA) installed signs in an attempt to prohibit what they felt was “an abuse of the neighborhood.”
Shortly after the signs first appeared, locals took to Facebook and Twitter to criticize the BHA, with many saying they were reliant on the spot for client shoots.
Chron reports that since the outcry, the signs, reading “Welcome to Broadacres; No Photo Shoots” had disappeared. The city of Houston ruled that the popular spot lies in the public right-of-way. Photographers are apparently once again permitted to take photos featuring the million-dollar homes, complete with beautiful scenery, as long as they stay off the sidewalks.
A spokesperson for Houston’s Public Works Department did warn photographers, however: “It’s about having respect for each other and being good neighbors.”
Cece Fowler, president of BHA, added:
It's the photo shoots and all the photographic equipment that comes and blocks the sidewalk. City ordinance forbids blocking the sidewalks. It's the abusive commercial photographers that have ruined it for everyone. That's the bottom line.