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Old May 8th, 2017, 08:55 PM   #2601
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Mayor Garcetti considers gondola from Universal Studios to Hollywood sign

Saturday, May 06, 2017 06:54PM


HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
According to a recent interview with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, residents and tourists may someday get to ride a gondola up to the Hollywood sign.

Garcetti told Eyewitness Newsmakers that he is looking at new ways to gain access to one of the city's most famous landmarks after the recent closure of the Beachwood Drive gateway.


The gondola would go right up to the summit with visitors possibly boarding it at or near Universal Studios.

"I think we need to have access to the Hollywood sign, both for residents and people who come here," Garcetti said. "We've got to figure out a better way that doesn't just choke all of the streets with a thousand tour buses. People can't get out of their own driveways."


The mayor said revenue from the gondola rides could be used for traffic mitigation in neighborhoods around the Hollywood sign and for improving the park.

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A Gondola from Universal Studios to the Hollywood Sign? It Could Happen

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The other kind of gondola

May 8, 2017 Thomas Harlander

So we’re all sad that the Beachwood Drive access to the Hollywood sign is closed because it means we have to take the long way around, and that involves a decent quad workout, which sounds hard. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Mayor Eric Garcetti is considering building a gondola that would transport passengers directly to the summit of Mount Lee, right behind the Hollywood sign. Riders would likely board near Universal Studios and be swooped into the air with a great view over Lake Hollywood—no exercise required. The aerial tram would be both a tourist attraction in itself and a way of reducing traffic in neighborhoods near the sign.

“I think we need to have access to the Hollywood sign, both for residents and people who come here,” Garcetti told Eyewitness News. “We’ve got to figure out a better way that doesn’t just choke all of the streets with a thousand tour buses. People can’t get out of their own driveways.”

Would a gondola actually reduce traffic in neighborhoods near the Hollywood sign? Who’s to say? Would it make us feel more awesome about ourselves as a city? Absolutely.
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I need more info. A gondola has a station at point A and B. What sort of infrastructure would there be on Mt. Lee? I like the idea, but I definitely don't want a Starbucks on top of Mt. Lee.
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I need more info. A gondola has a station at point A and B. What sort of infrastructure would there be on Mt. Lee? I like the idea, but I definitely don't want a Starbucks on top of Mt. Lee.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/

I see point A at Universal....They (Universal) could get in on this. Of course, they would want a cut. Do with point A what they wish....as long as they share the costs and/or maintenance. Point B should be as simple as possible as to not mess with the ecology and scenic views. Most likely, it will be (if) on the valley side of Mt. Lee. out of view from the Basin side.....

A 'private/public partnership'.....
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That would be quite a coup for Universal to make the only access to the Hollywood Sign into a paid park attraction. My guess is that Garcetti wouldn't allow Uni to require a pass to Universal Studios to ride the gondola... but I can definitely see them doing a "park hopper" style package deal.

I'd guess Point A would be located further down, adjacent to the Red Line station for easier access to more tourists. Passing right over the theme park would be a pretty awesome form of free advertising: "Didn't it look like a good time down there while you were soaring over Hogwarts? Well you're in luck because your gondola ticket is good for a $15 discount on a Universal Studios day pass." Or conversely, while you're out and about at the park, watching people fly overhead on their way to the Hollywood Sign would make buying a gondola ticket pretty enticing.
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That would be quite a coup for Universal to make the only access to the Hollywood Sign into a paid park attraction. My guess is that Garcetti wouldn't allow Uni to require a pass to Universal Studios to ride the gondola... but I can definitely see them doing a "park hopper" style package deal.
I agree with you. I wouldn't mind it being a paid attraction on its own but it would have to be outside the theme park paid area. I wouldn't want anyone to have to pay for theme park access just to get to the gondola. Uni has a win\win scenario (if the offer is taken (speculation)) charge parking, charge admission/ more tourist to city walk......

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I'd guess Point A would be located further down, adjacent to the Red Line station for easier access to more tourists. Passing right over the theme park would be a pretty awesome form of free advertising: "Didn't it look like a good time down there while you were soaring over Hogwarts? Well you're in luck because your gondola ticket is good for a $15 discount on a Universal Studios day pass." Or conversely, while you're out and about at the park, watching people fly overhead on their way to the Hollywood Sign would make buying a gondola ticket pretty enticing.
Yeah, This would be cool. But I think the Red Line area makes it farther and more expensive. The area of concern are the homes along Barham Blvd. Maybe a low level gondola ride, thru the area with Eucalyptus or pine trees covering the view of the homes until it gets going uphill near the Wonder View Trail head.....
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The question still beckons, point B at Mt. Lee would be throngs of people.
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The question still beckons, point B at Mt. Lee would be throngs of people.

I'd wager they will do timed tickets (like you have at observation decks) to limit the number of people up there at once.
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