GIVING STARS THEIR DUE; ASSOCIATIONS PRESS MTA TO PRESERVE HOLLYWOOD ICONS.
Byline: Rick Orlov Daily News Staff Writer
It's enough to make Bob ``Thanks for the Memories'' Hope wonder who's in charge of preserving his.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to demolish the Hollywood Walk of Fame The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a pavement along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of not only human celebrities but fictional characters honored by stars for Hope and 121 other entertainment icons as part of the agency's subway tunneling project.
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That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. touched and knelt on by the stars themselves, have a certain aura and patina that should be saved, the preservationists argue.
``They are destroying a part of history and they should preserve these as they have promised,'' said Robert Nudelman of Hollywood Heritage Inc. ``The MTA should live up to its commitments.''
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The stars drew a reprieve Wednesday when the city's Cultural Heritage Commission voted to delay allowing the demolition for at least two weeks on the portion of the walk on Hollywood Boulevard between Vine and Cherokee streets.
While sympathetic to the preservationists' concerns, MTA officials said it's a matter of money, an important consideration for an agency that has come under intense scrutiny for its financial operations.
Preserving the entire star would result in additional costs of almost $159,000 - $1,200 for jackhammering the terrazzo compared to $2,500 for saving the entire plaque, said James Sowell, MTA's manager of environmental compliance.
The agency already has removed and stored more than 300 of the sidewalk blocks that include the brass medallions and the terrazzo pad in which they are placed.
Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, who represents the area, said she was torn over the concept but was reluctantly agreeing with the MTA.
``We aren't losing the historic part,'' Goldberg said. ``The terrazzo part has broken down in other areas and we replace that. We're just talking about colored cement.''
But, she added, she will be closely watching the work the agency does to ensure the replacement is of the same quality.
``I'm like everyone else when I go walking around Hollywood,'' Goldberg said. ``I'm always looking at which star is there.''
Linda Dishman of the Los Angeles Conservancy The Los Angeles Conservancy is the preeminent historic preservation organization in Los Angeles, California. It works to document, rescue and revitalize historic buildings, places and neighborhoods in the city. , however, said the MTA had agreed when it first began removing the stars to preserve them and she wants the same treatment for the new stretch of stars along Hollywood Boulevard.
``These people were all there when the stars were unveiled,'' Dishman said. ``The terrazzo was there. There is a certain patina to it now that won't be there if they just pull out the medallions.''
Photo: (1) Robert Nudelman of Hollywood Heritage Inc. opposes a transit plan to tear up to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order s>.
See also: Tear Walk of Fame stars.
(2) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority seeks to pull up, and later replace, 122 stars during tunneling on Hollywood Boulevard.
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