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City to study improved access to Hollywood sign

LOS ANGELES — A City Council committee moved last week to have the city study ways to improve safety, traffic and tourist access to the iconic Hollywood sign, including a recommendation of replicating it on the other side of the mountain.

The members of the Arts, Entertainment, Parks and River Committee did not weigh in with any opinions on a new report that contains ideas for the landmark attraction, but did approve a motion that would direct city staff to report on the feasibility of implementing the report’s ideas, along with opinions on the most beneficial, economical and highest priority strategies.

Dixon Resources Unlimited, a transportation consulting firm, conducted a comprehensive analysis on how to enhance the visitor experience at the Hollywood sign, and to address problems created in the surrounding neighborhoods by the thousands of visitors who flock to the area each year.

Councilman David Ryu, who represents the Griffith Park area, said he has not taken any positions on the recommendations in the study.

“I believe that every detail and each impact needs to be carefully studied to create a very comprehensive solution,” Ryu said. “This is the first time the city has had data-driven strategies to solving issues of access and safety around the Hollywood sign. Allowing the city to study their feasibility will bring us toward long-term solutions.”

The study’s 29 recommendations include smaller proposals, such as additional bathrooms and sidewalk improvements, alongside larger ones, including the replication of the sign on another side of the mountain, the creation of an aerial tram and a visitor center, and an alternative access plan at the Beachwood Drive gate that was closed last year as the result of a lawsuit.

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