I saw the sign and it opened up a can of worms: NIMBY in Hollyweird

Today residents of Hollyweird will get to stand up and debate how best to deal with the thousands of tourists who flock to the neighborhood surrounding the infamous Hollywood sign, in search of the best vantage point.  A community hearing will be held at 4pm PDT in a municipal community room at 6501 Fountain Ave.Anyone who has ever done this before knows exactly where to find the best spot to take pictures in front of the Hollywood sign: the dog park at 3000 Canyon Lake Drive.  The dog park is a really cool spot to snap a few pictures and see some super cute dogs.  In fact, its the closest you can get by car.But, residents of the 87-year-old neighborhood surrounding the sign have been increasingly complaining about tourists, as the roads through the hills are narrow, winding and easily jammed.  And, with the advent of Google Maps and GPS, more and more people are finding their way into these small neighborhoods to take awesome yoga pictures in front of the sign (among other types of photos.)Some residents have even gone rogue and started posting their own signs which read, “Tourist Free Zone” or directing sight-seers out of the narrow neighborhoods with arrows.  There has been a dispute over designating this park as an official viewpoint for the sign, with city council member Tom Labonge leading the charge.  According to the LA Times, local residents are fearful that this project “will act as a huge magnet for even more tourists.”But what Hollywood tale would be complete without a little drama?  The home-owners associations are going at it.  While some condemn the use of the park as an official sight-seeing spot, others love the idea!  The Hollywoodland Home Owners Assn. cautions against the increased risk of wild fires and accidents due to increased tourism.  The Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Assn. released the following statement:

“Thanks to the office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge… the area is getting nicer and more open, which means that those who have found their own way into Hollywoodland and want to take a photo of the Hollywood sign don’t have to stand in the street.”

What do YOU think about the predicament?  Have you ever trekked up into the hills to see the sign?  Can residents really complain about tourism when they’re living underneath one of the most iconic images in America?  Let me know your thoughts and stay tuned!  The meeting is set to begin in approximately 2 hours.

That’s all for now cats and kittens,

–Aimee

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