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Hollywood Walk of Fame getting a facelift

July 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
With millions of people strolling up and down the boulevard every year, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is showing its age.On Tuesday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced a new plan to restore and preserve the historic walk.

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There are some stars that look great on the Walk of Fame, but others are worn down and chipped. City officials graded the Walk of Fame's more than 2,300 stars and found about 800 of them need to be replaced.

Officials say the makeover is going to cost about $4.2 million and they expect to have to raise at least half of the money through the private sector. Officials hope to have all the stars replaced in about two years, just in time to celebrate the Walk of Fame's 50th anniversary in 2010.

Out of the 800 or so damaged stars, only about a handful of them received a grade F, including the stars for Bobby Sherwood, Paul Douglas and Peter Frampton. About 50 stars received a grade D and the rest received a grade C. Officials say any star with a C grade or lower will be replaced.

Most of the damaged stars are located in front of the Hollywood and Highland Center. Officials say construction and general wear and tear have caused a lot of the stars to buckle with the sidewalk.

Half of the money to fund the project will be coming from donations. The other half will be coming from public agencies and 'Friends of the Walk of Fame' group, which is organizing the project. Several hundred thousand dollars have already been raised.

 

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