HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Residents who live near the Hollywood sign are becoming increasingly fed up with tourist traffic.
CBS2’s Chase Cain reports there has been a noticeable increase in tourist traffic with people coming from all over the world, cameras in hand
“It’s very famous sign, beautiful. It is famous all over the world,” says Mathieu Touzac.
The vans that ferry tourists up and down the narrow Hollywood Hills streets also have trouble with getting through.
Resident Tony Fisch showed Cain numerous pictures of what he called the dangerous logjam of gawkers.
“Tour buses in the middle of the street, people standing in street shooting pictures, parking cars wrong way, parking on dirt, parking illegally. It’s just a little scary to us,” says Fisch.
LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge wants to keep the tourists coming. But he is also asking the LA Department of Transportation to work up a feasible plan — to perhaps allow visitors, say ten at a time to visit the iconic landmark and restrict parking to residents
“Some people are opposed to that but I want to see if someone can come up with an idea that’s better on this. Because when you live next to a park, you’ve got to expect the public,” says LaBonge.
The Hollywood sign has been here for decades — so have the tourists. So why so many now?
Residents point to the GPS, equipped in many cars and smartphones, it makes finding the path to the sign that much easier.
“We do not need more buses running traffic up Beachwood Canyon. We’re about as full to the seam and it’s just so dangerous,” said Frisch.