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Hollywood Sign Giving Nearby Residents Huge Headache

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The iconic Hollywood sign is without a doubt the most recognized symbol worldwide when it comes to movies and the entertainment industry's giant footprint on Los Angeles. I've hosted visitors from all over the world over the years and it is almost always the first thing they want to see. And that's the problem. At least as far as many of those living anywhere near the famous landmark are concerned. The droves of tourists who make daily pilgrimages to worship at the base of the heavenly Hollywood sign are practically driving area residents insane. At first it was just annoying. Then frustrating. But now they are furious with the fascination tourists have with the historic monument.

In addition to the traffic clutter, car accidents, inadequate parking, people standing in the middle of the streets to take pictures, a steady stream of tour buses and vans, there's also the litter and the loud noise which often continues into the wee hours of the night. There are reports of as many as 40 tour bus companies running vehicles in and out of Beachwood Canyon and the surrounding area.

With millions of visitors, not to mention many locals, making the trek to the Hollywood sign every year, people living in the area say they are completely fed up and their grumblings have now escalated to a full blown roar. At least one person has been distributing fliers jokingly suggesting that the city set up armed checkpoints to discourage the masses. Another person suggested that the sign simply be dismantled. They're joking of course but area residents have long lost their sense of humor about this issue.

Here's the thing. Moving within close proximity of the Hollywood sign and being upset about the tourists is akin to moving next to an airport then complaining about the noise from planes flying overhead. Even the president of the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Association concedes that. But she's quick to point out, in the last few years, it's "gotten out of hand."

Several strategies have been employed to stem the tidal wave of tourists but, so far, none has worked. The city tried enforcing the weight limit restrictions on the smaller streets in the area and some residents have even put up signs basically telling tourists to take a hike--anywhere but in their neighborhood that is. Some have described it as being like a horror movie. A fitting metaphor perhaps. Except in this case, the movie is ongoing with no perceivable end in sight.

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