BEVERLY HILLS (Los Angeles Times) — Beverly Hills has quietly killed a proposal to allow tour buses to load and unload tourists within its ritzy business district, a plan that had been pushed by the city’s business and tourism leaders.
The proposal had been strongly opposed by small businesses near the proposed site of the bus stop on North Camden Avenue, many of which signed a petition saying they feared a tour bus stop would create litter, foot traffic, vehicle congestion and noise.
“We’ve examined options in the business triangle for many years and there simply isn’t the interest or support from the community needed to move forward,” Beverly Hills Vice Mayor Lester Friedman said.
Instead of a tour bus stop near high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Versace, the city has launched a nearly $1-million improvement project for an existing tour bus stop on the outskirts of the business district.
That bus stop, on 3rd Street near an electrical substation and a city parking garage, will get new landscaping, shade and bathrooms. The bathrooms are expected to open Monday.The plan […]
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