"A far-reaching rezoning plan that would turn parts of Hollywood into a mini-city—with residential and commercial towers rising on streets like Vine, Hollywood and Sunset—has won the support of key Los Angeles officials," The New York Times reports.
Some officials, including Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, see the plan as helping to move Los Angeles away from its reliance on cars and toward creating a concentrated, walkable urban area served by a thriving subway line.
“This is L.A.’s opportunity to match the growth of our transit system with the jobs and housing that is critical to smart growth,” the mayor said. Abigail Thorne-Lyman, director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, said the plan would help accommodate households near transit. Hollywood's population could grow substantially.
Despite business and other support, the plan has sparked opposition from people who fear the new buildings will be much too tall, altering Hollywood's predominantly low-rise character.
The plan, which is currently favored to win approval, is to come before the City Council in the next few months.
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