Not In My Backyard: Hollywood Sign’s Neighbors Fed Up With Tourists
SANDERS: Reichenbach says homeowners here knew what they were getting into when they decided to live so close to a major tourist attraction. But she says visits have exploded in the last few years. REICHENBACH: Now, you’ve got people using Twitter and websites that cover where to get the best shot of the Hollywood sign. This stuff goes viral. SANDERS: The L.A. city councilman for the neighborhood says he’s working to fix the problem. But Tom LaBonge says that residents have to understand that the Hollywood sign is there for everybody. LaBonge says having a tourist destination next to a neighborhood is just typical L.A. The city wasn’t built with a master plan. TOM LABONGE: How did we know 90 years ago this sign would still be there? Back then, you know, development was super king, and you tried to build everywhere. SANDERS: So far, this city has tried checkpoints and weighing tour buses. Now, some residents have put up their own signs saying things like tourist-free zone. None of it’s really working. Suffert, that German tourist, says he gets why residents are upset.
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Not if you ask those who live near the Hollywood sign. The Times’ article Wednesday on the latest salvo by residents in their struggle with tourists who crowd their narrow hillside streets drew reactions from readers ranging from serious to satirical. Most (eight of the 13 letters we received) had little sympathy for the complaining Beachwood Canyon and Hollywoodland dwellers. One reader sided with the locals, and another suggested a new home for the Hollywood sign. Here is a selection of those letters. — Paul Thornton, letters editor A typical reaction was Porter Ranch resident Frances Sikorski’s: “Here we go again. “First people complain about living near an airport; now others complain about living near the Hollywood sign. Were the complainers there before the sign? Probably not. “Take down the sign and I bet their property values would drop. I was born in Hollywood and love the landmark.” Victoria Carlson of Burbank sympathizes with the locals: “I walk dogs in the Beachwood Canyon area. Every day I witness gaggles of tourists who double park or park in red zones and then make the mad dash into the middle of Beachwood Canyon to pose for photographs featuring our iconic Hollywood sign in the background.
Rubinstein: A lot of people that I encounter in the entertainment business are generous. If you look at any agency, United Talent Agency Inc., Creative Artists Agency LLC, they have foundations, and they do extraordinary work. Toronto Film Cole: You went to the Toronto Film Festival. What did you like? Rubinstein: I went there to see Only Lovers Left Alive which Tom Hiddleston stars in, and its a great movie. Everybodys talking about 12 Years A Slave, and I think Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the greatest actors on the planet. I just saw him in his play in London , which is called A Season in the Congo, and he was just breathtaking. Cole: Will the Internet become a major distributor of films? Rubinstein: Yes, its going to be huge. I just bought a television set, and YouTube.com is built in to it. You can look up a YouTube video on my phone, and it just instantly appears on the television. Its ridiculous, and some of it is 30 seconds of a cat on a skateboard, right?