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View from Cahuenga Peak: Hollwood Sign (for now)

Draping the Hollywood sign. S-A-V-E......

If Paris has the Eifel Tower and New York the Statue of Liberty, then LA has the Hollywood sign.  Earlier this week, TPL announced that the view of the world-famous Hollywood Sign will be protected by purchasing Cahuenga Peak, the 138 acres behind and to the left of the sign which could have been developed into luxury homes.

The peak was originally owned by  Howard Hughes to house the home of his then-lover Ginger Rogers, the actress and dancer — but Rogers soured and many years later the land was purchased by a Chicago developer from the Hughes estate.

With an exclusive option to buy until April 14, TPL, with the support of donors such as The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and others are in a campaign to raise a total of $12.5 million by April 14.  If the money is raised, the land will be conveyed to the city of LA and made part of the city’s iconic Griffith Park.

The park already is one of the largest in a big U.S. city and the fourth most visited city park in the country. Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, said, “Griffith Park is an urban oasis with recreational opportunities that make the park such a glorious part of Los Angeles. There are many things to do, see, enjoy, and appreciate in this expansive area, with more than 4,200 acres. The Hollywood Sign, perhaps the most recognizable nine letters to grace a hillside in the world, is part of Griffith Park and it is important that the view of the sign as well as the spectacular views and trails of Cahuenga Peak be preserved.”

And today, the letters of the famous sign are being a covered with a “save the peak” facade. Here’s a story on the effort from the New York Times.

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