Everyone knows the infamous Hollywood sign, as it attracts people from all over. But the city’s residents are growing annoyed at the amount of people its bringing in. Roads are experiencing major traffic jams and people just trying to get to and from work are really feeling the effects…if you live in a big city, you know the frustration I’m talking about. People swarming a landmark all for the sake of a picture.
City Councilman David Ryu is conceptualizing the idea of putting a second sign on the back end of the hill, providing an almost identical backdrop to the iconic original.
“The backdrop behind the sign would still look similar to the original if it is located on the mountain,” he suggests. “This would give the City the opportunity to promote the replica sign viewpoints as more accessible locations for photos than in the residential neighborhoods south of the Park.”
The project would cost a reported $150,000, which to me seems a little shy considering the mass size and man power that it’d take to build it. Naturally, law makers and citizens alike are angered at the thought of a second sign, noting that its originality is what makes it such a historic landmark.
“One downside of this strategy is that it would take away from the history of the original Hollywood Sign and Hollywoodland,” Ryu says. “For educational and historical purposes, it may make the most sense to maintain only the original sign. An additional sign is proposed as a strategy to consider because of its potential to improve safety and reduce neighborhood congestion.”
While ambitious, only time will tell if the plan will actually gain enough traction to be carried out. Is it worth the amount if traffic it’ll free up?