The Famous Hollywood Sign
The original Hollywood Sign was
conceived as an elaborate outdoor ad
campaign for a suburban housing
development called "Hollywoodland."
But the sign today has come to
symbolize the glitz and glamour of
the American movie industry. Yet
despite the high profile of the film
business, real estate still is
Hollywood's most important economic
Even though the Hollywood Sign
L.A.'s “look” and purpose has
changed over the years, its basic
inspirational message is still the
same: Holywood California is a place
where magic is possible, where
dreams can come true.
Before, the dream was that of a
beautiful home and a happy
lifestyle. Now, the Hollywood hills
sign’s promise is less mundane and
more subtle. It can best be
described by the numerous images,
desires, and innovative ideas
brought on by just the mention of
the word "Hollywood".
A good shot of the Hollywood Sign is
what most new visitors to the
district desire the most. Although
it is easily seen from all over the
city from its high position on Mt.
Lee, it is actually hard to get a
really good shot of it. That it is
actually illegal to hike to or go
anywhere near the Sign surprises
many people. The Sign is really set
well back behind restricting gates
and is monitored by security cameras
and Park Rangers.