Beachwood Signs to Hollywood Sign

I found myself driving on Beachwood Drive last week when I saw a sign that read “Hollywood Sign Scenic View,” with an arrow directing me up Ledgewood Drive. I don’t drive on Beachwood very often, but I don’t remember seeing that sign before. I had nothing to do, so I followed the signs up the narrow winding roads to a superb view of the Hollywood Sign.

The view south beyond the Hollywood Resevoir is lovely as well.

So how surprised was I when I went home and read Curbed Los Angeles as I do every day to find an article about the signs? It turns out they only went up a couple of weeks ago, and there is already plenty of controversy about them.

It seems people who live on Ledgewood are non-too-happy about the increased traffic the signs are bringing to their quiet little street. In an effort to placate residents, the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association has reportedly agreed to take down two of the signs, including the one on Beachwood. Of course, removing that sign renders the rest of them effectively useless, since no one on Beachwood would know to turn up the street in the first place.

While it is great to have another spot to view the Hollywood Sign, I see the residents’ point. While I was driving up and down Ledgewood I noticed how dangerous the street could be, how one car coming down the street could easily collide with one going up as they both take a hairpin turn.

The easiest solution would be to turn Ledgewood into a one-way going up, and have another street be one-way coming down. Given the limited number of streets that go up and down the hill, I doubt that is even possible, but it might be something for the traffic experts to look into.

In the meantime, the drive is definitely worth the trip. Just be extra careful around those turns.

3 comments for “Beachwood Signs to Hollywood Sign

  1. February 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    “The people on Ledgewood are not too happy about the increased traffic on their “quiet little street”? This “quiet little street” is and has been the main thoroughfare from the Valley to the City since the construction of Lake Hollywood Estates which was allowed access through Hollywoodland decades ago. From their recent outrage it appears that the Ledgewood people didn’t notice this before they bought their house. CAVEAT EMPTOR !

  2. pms
    March 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    amazing certain folk don’t want to share this public park…

    yes let the dead end folk deal with all the folk trying to see the sign…

    and who cares if it blocks a fire lane… and is NOT a through street…

    unlike this road…

    wow…

  3. pms
    March 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    this is all about some people objecting to fire hydrants being installed in front to their houses because it’s attracting to many dogs…

    this is a safety issue and in the end Ledgwood/Mulholland are through streets… Deronda is not!!! it’s a dead end… small one at that…ending on a fire lane…

    which is lately regularly completely blocked… a DANGER to all in the Hollywood Hills…

    it’s extraordinary that the people at the end of Deronda have dealt so honorably and quietly with this for years… worse in the last 2 years since GPS

    kicked in and wrongly directing tourists to the end of Deronda thinking they could drive all the way up to the sign… and those around the spacious Lake Hollywood Park

    screaming blue murder that they suddenly have to share in the tourist load.. even for a short time while the problem are being solved… with comments like

    “you’re only dumping your problem in our neighborhood”… imagine they don’t see Deronda as their neighborhood… so sad… but then some feel more

    privileged than others… this is all our problem and the Hollywood sign is not owned by people in Hollywoodland… it belongs to the world… and they will come…

    don’t get me wrong Lake Hollywood Park MUST to be supervised as some tourist have NO IDEA how to behave…

    we will ALL fix this problem as long as some stop demonizing others in the same neighborhood…

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