The councilmember introduced a motion last week asking the city to to come up with plan for restoring and making improvements to the Walk of Fame.
New investment in Hollywood, “coupled with millions of visiting tourists, has contributed to the wear and tear of the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” O’Farrell wrote in his motion.
First reported by Urbanize LA, the motion states that taking steps now to fund a master plan for the Walk of Fame would “ensure that the Hollywood Walk of Fame does not fall into a state of disrepair and that the landmark continues to attract and impress visitors.”
The plan would be paid for with “tax-exempt CRA/LA Excess Bond Proceeds” from the community redevelopment agency’s successor agency.
What’s so bad about the Walk of Fame? For one thing, the motion states, it’s received a slew of “temporary and ad hoc improvements have been implemented that are neither reflective nor complementary to this iconic sidewalk.”
Tony Arranaga, a spokesperson for O’Farrell, tells Curbed that piecemeal fixes to the terrazzo walkway and “temporary asphalt improvements to tree wells, sidewalks, curb cuts, and other streetscape features” are examples of fixes to the walkway that a master plan would do away with.
These additions were done “on a project-by-project basis as funds became available, with no cohesive vision,” says Arranaga. But the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, he says, “deserves a world-class approach to planning and improvements.”
O’Farrell’s request now heads to the City Council’s economic development committee.
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