Living just three blocks from Hollywood and Vine, I notice that on weekends club-goers park in my neighborhood and make the trek by foot down Argyle Avenue and Vine Street to the nightlife scene (some of them wearing stiletto heels).
I can't blame the kids for wanting to avoid the inevitable minimum $20 charge for lot parking at their favorite disco or club, but this situation makes resident parking in an already overcrowded neighborhood next to impossible after around 11 pm.
There's also the safety factor of 20-somethings with clutch purses and clad in scanty black skirts the size of guest towels traipsing under and around the Hollywood Freeway, where the homeless camp has recently grown to the proportions of a small Alaskan village.
Here's a much-needed solution: Holly Park.
This new structure, situated at a strategic central location such as the corner of Hollywood and Vine—where, mirabile dictu, there is already an empty lot—would offer parking for much less (one would certainly hope) than the gougers at the surface lots charge.
A free shuttle service would make the circuit of eastern downtown Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street, the Cahuenga nightlife corridor, Sunset Boulevard, and perhaps even Franklin Village.
The building would be as green as any such structure could be, covered in low-maintenance heat- and drought-tolerant foliage in the manner of Patrick Blanc's vertical gardens and, of course, solar-powered for a near-carbon-zero environmental footprint.
I realize that the signage is less than subtle, but once the service is known, the signs could be swapped out for something more sedate.
Just an idea.