Hollywood Sign in the News Again

      The New York Times ran a story on April 27 about the Hollywood sign, which seemed quite a coincidence to me, having just finished blogging about it. In essence, the article said the landmark letters would be preserved as they appear today, thanks to a last-minute donation of $900,000 from head playboy Hugh Hefner.

       The sign was never in danger of disappearing, and it sits on 75 acres that are already protected. It was some land nearby that the preservation group was trying to acquire, claiming that those extra 138 acres should not be developed. For over a year, they had been trying to raise $12.5 million to buy the surrounding acreage. The effort looked doomed until Hefner’s gift closed the gap.

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Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 7:40 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. You are entirely wrong. The Hollywood Sign stands on 75 acres of City owned land and the Cahuenga Peaks property was never ever a threat to the Hollywood Sign, it is just too far away. If you go to my website http://www.westsideland.com then go to LINKS and click on the link, HOLLYWOOD LAND OF OPPORTUNISTS you will see why I disagree with you entirely. It would be nice if both the Chicago Investment Company and Trust Public Land could produce a survey of both the Hollywood Sign city owned property and the Chicago owned Cahuenga Peak property, so we could all see the exact location of these two properties. Let’s not be blinded by fear and start checking facts.

    • Thanks for the clarification, Neville! I watched your short video and found it very interesting. I’m afraid we don’t get much information about this topic, living 3,000 miles away, and I only read a short paragraph in the newspaper on the sign that overly simplified things. Your map was quite instructive. I’ll edit the blog accordingly.


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