CityWatchLA.com July 29, 2014 by Jack Humphreville
WHO WE ARE – Hollywood’s neighborhoods and residents are under attack by big time real estate developers who are investing billions in too many to count high rise residential and commercial buildings along the three mile stretch of Hollywood, Sunset, and Santa Monica Boulevards between Western Avenue and the border with West Hollywood.
This massive densification will overwhelm the area’s aging infrastructure (streets, water, power, sewer, gas) and the City’s ability to provide police and fire protection. It will also turn Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards into unsightly canyons, destroying the existing character and culture of these thoroughfares and the surrounding residential areas.
Worst of all, the resulting traffic on these poorly maintained boulevards and narrow side streets that are already jammed with parked cars will turn Hollywood into Gridlock City. Not only will this traffic adversely impact the quality of life and public safety of the surrounding residential neighborhoods, it will endanger the tourist industry and create a huge disincentive for employers in the high tech, engineering, and entertainment industries whose highly paid professionals will refuse to fight the traffic.
The poster child for neighborhood unfriendly development is Millennium Hollywood, (photo above) the $664 million, 1.2 million square foot monstrosity that will clog the already busy intersection at Hollywood and Vine and, according to the California Department of Transportation, back up traffic on the 101 Freeway.