"California's planners descend on Hollywood today for the annual chapter conference of the American Planning Association. So it's understandable that the focus will be on 'planners in tinseltown' – as evidenced by everything from the conference organizers' spoof of "The Office" to the chapter's 'Lights Planning Action!' motto for the conference.
In fact, however, Hollywood has a many-layered 120-year history that dates back before the invention of the movies and includes a series of real estate booms and busts that have shaped the urban district that planners will see this week. In many ways, it's a typical Southern California subdivision story -- morphed by the compelling nature of the movies."
Thanks to Bill Fulton