Discontent Brewing Under the Hollywood Sign

To understand how ugly the battle over the Hollywood sign has become, just look at the fliers that have been popping up recently in the hillside neighborhoods below the landmark.

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Waldemar Scott jumps in front of the Hollywood sign last month as a friend snaps his picture near Canyon Lake Drive in the Hollywood Hills. The rising number of tourists has “really gotten out of hand,” one nearby resident says. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

In a call to arms, the fliers warn of the tourists who swarm in “like locusts from all across the world” and suggest the city establish “armed checkpoints.”

The anonymous author then makes a radical proposal: Dismantle the Hollywood sign.

It’s a joke, of course. But for both residents and city officials, it’s evidence that the long-running debate about sightseer traffic around the Hollywood sign is reaching a tipping point.

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