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Tourist in my own town: Hollywood Bowl Overlook | 2014-09-20 |

I had my car serviced this morning. I didnít want to drive straight home, so I decided to drive up to Mulholland and take it back to my house. I drove up and just at the start of Mulholland I turned onto the Hollywood Bowl overlook. I figured it was a nice spot to just look over my city. I didnít expect that the place was packed with tourist vans filled with sightseers. I ended up having a great time just watching them.

Hollywood Bowl overlook. I was there just a few weeks ago looking up at this spot.

The City that Dreams Built

Some of the tourists

A lonely pay telescope

People looking over the sign that describes the overlook and the road that would be named after him was the idea of Mulholland to, ďMake the mountains accessible to the people of Los Angeles.Ē

Another group of tourists jumping off the tour vans to see the sight of this city.

Young man looking up.

Everyone stops at this sign and reads it. A man walked up and mentioned how that movie ďChinatownĒ was about Mulholland. Yes and no my good man. The real history of his city is obscured under many layers, but itís not contained in a movie.

This is typical up in the overlook. Everyone wants a picture of the downtown Los Angeles skyline. Funny though, I doubt many of the same tourist ever visit downtown. Why would they, right? Thereís a saying that Los Angeles is the most beautiful city in the world, when seen from afar. I think thatís why people come up to the overlook, and the Griffith Observatory. These places offer us all a look at the city without having to really see the details. I heard a woman tell her friend, ďThatís Hollywood, and over there is Santa Monica, and beyond that is Malibu.Ē Itís all so easy to take in when youíre looking from above. Itís like looking at a huge model. It doesnít looked lived in. Itís out there, not in your face. A woman looked over the city and said, ďTo think, weíre seeing the population of New Zealand right there.Ē We who live in this city often forget how huge it is. We reside in our little corner of the city and often donít venture very far. Iíve decided that I need to be a tourist in my own town. To see it all. From Chatsworth to San Pedro. Itís a great city. The city for the next five hundred years, I once wrote in my notes for a novel that, "That isnít actually a good thing. †Unless you count this notion that Los Angeles is the most human of cities. †Which again, isnít always a good thing.Ē

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