Since 1956, Hollywood's Walk of Fame has drawn visitors from across the world who wish to mingle with celebrity impersonators and take selfies with their favorite "stars." Yet few other Southern California tourist traps so consistently fail to meet expectations. The 1.3-mile Walk of Fame was famously lambasted in a 2014 AskReddit thread about the world's most underwhelming destinations.
With this seedy reputation in mind, L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell is now looking for a fix. Last week, he introduced a motion which calls for using CRA/LA excess bonds designated to the 13th Council District to be used by various city departments - including the Department of Transportation and Bureaus of Engineering, Street Services and Street lighting - to create and implement a master plan for the restoration and improvement of the Walk of Fame.
According to O'Farrell's motion, previous decades have brought a number of ad hoc and temporary improvements to the Walk of Fame. Yet the roughly 10 million visitors that Hollywood Boulevard receives annually has brought many of these installations into a current state of disrepair.
The proposed improvements to the Walk of Fame come as Hollywood sees a number of large mixed-use developments - including the El Centro and Eastown apartments which replaced two parking lots at the corridor's eastern bookend. While the new construction has helped return production to Hollywood - particularly in the form of Netflix's tenancy at Sunset Bronson Studios - it has not entirely led to the neighborhood shedding its long seedy reputation.
O'Farrell's motion has been referred to the City Council's Economic Development Committee for consideration.
- Hollywood Archive (Urbanize LA)