Councilman Tom LaBonge recently shared what should be good news for residents who live near the Hollywood sign.
Mapquest has informed Council District 4, the area in which the sign is located, that it has complied with a request to change directions to the iconic landmark, according to LaBonge's newsletter.
Searches for the Hollywood sign now lead users to Griffith Observatory, a viewing site approved by the Hollywood Sign Trust.
Access to the Hollywood sign has been an issue in recent years as GPS instructions have led tourists through Hollywoodland's residential streets to a scenic viewpoint in the middle of a neighborhood.
The viewpoint is public land, but the influx of tourists has raised a among residents concerned about emergency vehicle access, increased fire danger due to discarded ciagrette butts and increased littering.
The city has been and working with the neighborhood to cut down on the negative impact.
LaBonge met with residents last week who aired their concerns near the Hollywood sign. LaBonge's newsletter mentioned next steps of action include meetings with tour bus operators and community leaders to address further concerns of "increased tourism and its relationship to fire and road safety."
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