Residents Concerned Over Reopened Route Into Griffith Park

When you see it up close, or at least up closer, it is impressive. The iconic Hollywood sign, visible for miles in the hills, is one of LA's biggest attractions, the problem is, if you want to get near it, to take the proverbial selfie so that it actually shows up, it's difficult.

For years, you could navigate up from Franklin in Hollywood, through Beachwood, and sort of kind of hike your way up there, a process made easier in recent times by GPS. But as you might imagine those who live in that area haven't been real happy about the throngs of cars, sightseeing vans, hikers,and others overrunning their neighborhoods, smoking in an extremely dry area, and potentially blocking emergency vehicle access.

But what are you going to do, you can't prevent people from their destiny if they're determined to see the sign. So one idea was to open a long ago closed road high up in Griffith Park above the Greek Theatre, called Mount Hollywood Drive. That's been done on an ''experimental'' basis, meaning you can drive right up to viewpoints almost opposite the sign and enjoy the view from your vehicle or stop and park (one side of the road only) get out , take pictures, or hike even further in. However, under the heading of ''you can't make everyone happy '', there are those who have signed an online petition demanding the experiment end, saying it's ill conceived and has resulted in traffic chaos and has shattered the previously undisturbed tranquility of the mountain road.

There are already 1000 signatures, which may be a lot or a little depending on your perspective. Check it out. https://www.change.org/p/lovers-of-griffith-park-say-no-cars-no-trams-on-mt-hollywood-dr The ''experiment'' ends mid April and then the City (Parks and Recs) will decide, as Griffith Park's biggest booster City Councilman Tom LaBonge told me as we looked at the sign today from that suddenly controversial vantage point "We'll decide what's best for the park and best for park goers.''

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