“Rakish small-town charm”

Going Hollywood

“Hollywood, once a sketchy neighborhood in a spiral of petty crime and decay, has been well on its way over the past 10 years to becoming a bustling tourist destination and nightlife district,” writes the New York Times writer that covers LA’s “considerable delights” in today’s paper. “But now it is on the verge of another transformation: to a decidedly un-Californian urban enclave pierced by skyscrapers, clustered around public transportation and animated pedestrian street life.”

I’ve been taking photos of Hollywood for 10 years. And uh, that like, already happened?

Marathoners in Hollywood

The story about the proposed Hollywood Community Plan is incredibly misleading, painting Hollywood as a quaint, almost rural outpost in LA. Although there are plenty of neighborhoods in Hollywood that fit that description—like Beachwood Canyon, where no skyscrapers are planned—Hollywood itself is a dense, vertical, utterly urban part of the city. And has been for many years.

Porthole to the sky

Still, the New York Times paints this picture: “A far-reaching rezoning plan that would turn parts of Hollywood into a mini-city — with residential and commercial towers rising on streets like Vine, Hollywood and Sunset — has won the support of key Los Angeles officials.”

Blank billboard

We wouldn’t want any residential or commercial towers to come to this blissfully pastoral setting on Vine, would we?

Sunny day bar hopping in Hollywood

I mean, I just can’t imagine Hollywood turning into a mini-city.

Here’s more: “And it has set off a storm of opposition from residents fearful that it would destroy the rakish small-town charm of their community with soaring anodyne buildings that block views of the Hollywood Hills (and its iconic sign) and overwhelm streets with traffic.”

W opening

Nope, definitely no soaring anodyne buildings here!

Hollywood Blvd.

I mean, would you just look at this charming small-town celebration?

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  • DorothyP

    Well, yes and no. There’s still all the low-build side streets to the south of Sunset, which should stay the way they are. It’s possible to live between Franklin and Fountain without being in a huge high-rise. Why make it denser? 

  • Anonymous

    Great slideshow, Alissa.

  • Neal

    Alissa–I did a ‘Huh, what?’ as well.

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