Skip to comments.Race to save Hollywood sign from bulldozer
Posted on 03/25/2010 2:26:56 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper
A conservation group warns they have just three weeks to raise $US3 million to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being razed by investors who want to build luxury houses on the site.
"We feel good about where we are and we feel good about our chances to do this," said Tim Ahern of the Trust for Public Land.
The group needs to raise $US3 million to reach the $US12.5 million needed to purchase the 138-acre parcel of rugged land surrounding the sign from a Chicago-based consortium that has acquired rights to build four luxury mansions along the ridgeline.
The investors sought to sell the property for $US22 million but agreed to the $US12.5-million price tag for the conservation group only if payment arrives by April 14.
Los Angeles council member Tom LaBonge says the trust has so far collected $US9.5 million - $US4 million from public funds, and the remainder $US5.5 million from private donors, including movie and television companies and Hollywood stars such as director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks.
"We're getting closer to our goal and if we continue working hard, I know we'll reach it," Mr LaBonge said.
One of the world's most recognisable landmarks, the sign was given a facelift last month when the trust shrouded each of the 13-metre high letters in blankets so the slogan "SAVE THE PEAK" became visible for miles around the sprawling Californian city.
The Hollywood sign itself, which was initially created as an advert for a real estate development called Hollywoodland in 1923, is owned by the city of Los Angeles.
One of the City of Angels' most beloved attractions, the sign had fallen into disrepair until it was restored in the 1970s after a campaign which saw nine donors pay $US27,777 to "adopt" one letter each.
“until it was restored in the 1970s after a campaign which saw nine donors pay $US27,777 to “adopt” one letter each.”
Alice Cooper paid for an O in honor of his good friend, Groucho Marx.
I bet this is freaking him out.
Damn, I thought the article meant Hollywood itself. I would of been all for it.
Hehe, you raise a good point here. Since I am in Holland, I see it from a distance. Hollywood may be a haven for the loony left; but it also gave us the wondrous works of John Ford. Or Laurel&Hardy. Or Frank Capra. Or Hitchcock. Or Preston Sturges. Or Clint Eastwood. Or Charlton Heston.
...erm... I notice that I am talking largely of the past here.
What the heck happened to America?
Considering the filth that Hollywood now represents,
they should demolish the sign and the whole damn town.
Like everything good in America, it is now all “Gone With the Wind”.
great idea build homes on a hill then we can watch them slide down when it rains or burn when there’s a fire.
What will happen to Dr. Evil’s lair?
You could as well have made the first ‘O’ into an ‘E’...
Now, is there still a job opening for bulldozer operator on that project?
I’d like to apply.
That was my first thought also.
Who Cares? Tear it down.
make it HOLLYWEIRD
WHO THE HECK CARES???????
Where’s the donations from all the multi-millionaire actors and actresses who work there? Why don’t they pay for it?
That's what I don't understand. Then again, they might be for the bulldozing of it because it presents itself as an environmental eyesore.
I agree let the show begin got popcorn?
Liberals spend your money, not theirs.
:) very good... I hope that they won’t be saved, regardless of my opinion on Hollywood. I always found them:
stinking, bad, rotten UGLY!
Who cares? Let ‘em bulldoze it.
To some extent, the developers are playing chicken with the city. Just building a road up to the buildable spots would be an expensive challenge, and the city could hold up the permitting indefinitely. It's basically a knife-edge ridge falling to steep slopes, so short of bulldozing the entire top, the buildable area isn't that great
Here's the land in question:
Exactly! Why pay for it when you can get some schmuck to pay for you!