September 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A flier calling for the Hollywood sign to be torn down is a joke, but residents in the hillside neighborhoods below the landmark say the frustration they feel over growing crowds of tourists is very real.
The Los Angeles Times reports signs have gone up in the upscale areas of Beachwood Canyon and Hollywoodland, some warning of a "tourist-free zone." Residents say they are bothered by the traffic but are most concerned about safety issues because the curving, narrow roads were not designed for so many cars and pedestrians.
Just a few years ago there were only a few operators offering Hollywood sign viewing tours. Now, the newspaper says, there are more than 40 tour companies running buses and vans in and out of the canyon.
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