"Perceived Hollywood- The Glamor and the Grunge" Top 5 Page for this destination Hollywood by marinarena

Hollywood Travel Guide: 505 reviews and 1,524 photos

The Shape of Hollywood

My metaphor of Los Angeles really does come to play here with Hollywood. L.A. is the mother with a permanent fetus of Holly swimming inside of her.
So, what makes L.A. twisted? Partly, Hollywood! This part of town is under distortion, constantly changing in form and image.

We may think that we know Holly because from the movies and television shows- but there is much to discover and make sense of the real her. Sure, there is the glamorous side of her with The Oscars ceremony and fancy movie premieres at Mann's. But they is most certainly too the grunge, seen on Holly's streets. There are blocks and blocks of depressing, dirty, drab, drug infested blocks of town. Yet also to the surprise of some, Holly's is cleaning up and becoming more suburban in many corners of town.

In a way, Holly is progressively losing uniqueness in the makings of an (almost) suburbia (OH, THE MODERNITY!) The town has broken ground on a good number of retail chains (Walgreens, Trader Joe's, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc) which are making a positive impact here in the local economy. Good business leads to cleaner, prettier streets, which leads often to less and less crime in parts.

Yet some Hollywood admirers feel that more major retail giants will likely clutter and transform the town into an "ordinary town U.S.A", like in Orange county. They would cry foul if big business cleaned out several "mom and pop" shops.

Rest assured large traces of her original flair are very apparent and will remain, thanks in large part to those who fight to preserve classic Hollywood character, venues and landmarks. Business goals determined by city officials will be balanced for both big and small biz so that both can coexist.
Ultimately, Holly will not lose her identity completely- that there would be a tragedy like one scripted for the cameras.

Bright Night Lights

Also see my sister Hollywood pages of West Hollywood and North Hollywood in my Travel Pages!

No Ho has the popular Universal Studios, the neon amusement city on a hill.
We Ho has more of the posh side when it comes to the "Hollywood" ideal.

Along Famed (or Infamous) Hollywood Blvd...

it's just so appropriate to have a shop called "Forplay" :-)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:exciting nightlife, never boring, unique shops, appreciative of diversity & tourist dollars, central location, affordable, easy to arrive and enjoy via Metro with no need for a car really
  • Cons:some badly kept areas, drugs/thugs on shady streets, overload of commercialism, fake stereotype/ image
  • In a nutshell:Come to Hollywood-Where the stars and the regulars are!
  • Intro Updated Apr 24, 2015
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  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    You are the Queen of the LA area! :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    I like looking at cemeteries, I find them very interesting by reading the different inscriptions. That one would be a beauty to have a look at. We have a town called Orange in Australia, but they grow Apples, not Oranges!

  • Jan 10, 2005 at 8:37 PM

    you have lots of nice pics and good info about the places and history. Great hp, Arim

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