As the battle to save the Derby begins to shift into high gear, it's worth noting that another Hollywood landmark is being threatened by development
, though not from private developers.
The City of Los Angeles has set it's sights on the Florentine Gardens, targeting the historic nightclub (former stomping ground of such Hollywood figures as Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, and the Black Dahlia
) for conversion into a fire station, of all things. The city council approved the plan
last week, inserting the adaptive reuse scheme in the hopes of heading off opposition from preservationists.
The club's ownership, however, hopes to save the Gardens
for future generations of Angelenos to enjoy, and are asking for support in their fight against City Hall.
To learn more about the issue, and how to help, click here
to visit PreserveLA's Florentine Gardens archive.