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Firm floats plan to rotate Hollywood sign around L.A.

The Hollywood sign

Moving the Hollywood sign? Curbed L.A. reports that a local architecture firm has proposed a plan to constantly "migrate" the Hollywood sign to different parts of the city. Here's an excerpt:

With televised and other media exposure, the sign's public visibility is not necessarily a factor of its physical visibility within the landscape. It could also be said that the site has exceeded the sign, in that the real estate value of the surrounding Hollywood Hills is independently viable and relies little on the permanent presence of the big white letters.

Progress on freeway parks: The Dirt, a blog by the American Society for Landscape Architects, is reporting that plans for "freeway cap" parks are moving forward in L.A. These green spaces would be built on, or over, existing freeways. The Dirt reports:

The freeway cap parks are designed to reconnect neighborhoods cut off by freeways and create green community spaces through the city. Additionally, the cap parks will help reuse existing infrastructure and avoid the enormous costs involved in pulling down freeways.

Late on your taxes? LAist is reporting that Los Angeles is the eighth biggest tax procrastinator:

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles earns No. 8 in a poll of worst tax procrastinating cities, according to Turbo Tax, which apparently has been keeping score for the last nine years.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Photo: The Hollywood sign. Credit: Ann Johansson / For the Times

 
Comments () | Archives (8)

You watch, once it is moved, they will find a reason or some lame excuse 'not' to put it back on the hill and the developers will move in.

I disagree that the sign's 'physical visibility' is independent of its place in the landscape. Its location in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the city is what makes the sign special and a city landmark. If you take the sign out of that environment, it loses its charm and significance.

I think Phil is right about people wanting to develop the land. And the report even implies that by saying the real estate the sign is on is independently viable.

I completely agree Phil. This isn't anything other than a ploy by developers to get access to those hills. I'm sure there is a huge brain trust working on how to get the VA cemetery in Westwood moved too...imagine how much THAT land is worth to developers!

Bad, bad idea.

What an asinine idea...leave it be. What tourist thought of this?

NO!

And spare us the hogwash about how "the site has exceeded the sign", moron.
What a load.

The ORIGINAL intent of the sign WAS a developer's advertisement FOR developing the hills!!

HORRRRRIBLE IDEA TO MOVE IT!!! This is an icon of LA history, and its connection to its specific location is part of that history. Moving it around is completely insane. And really cheapens its value, we should have a reverence for that emblem of LA's spirit and heritage. Needless to say that is sacred ground. Moving it around would be like taking the bradbury building apart and parading it around like some sort of circus. In the end its a blatent disregard for everything authentic that makes it important.

turning freeways into green space is a great idea...we all know there are way to many freeways in LA, and aren't really needed since the LA MTD is so good at what they do!


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