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Spruced-up alleyway is new Hollywood hangout

February 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
There's a new place for people to hang out in Hollywood.

The East Cahuenga Pedestrian Alley, also known as EaCa Alley, is a new pedestrian zone that opened Thursday off Selma Avenue, between Cahuenga Boulevard and Cosmo Street.

The East Cahuenga Pedestrian Alley features outdoor dining and patio space. City councilman Eric Garcetti says until now, the alley was filled with crime and grime, including potholes and pools of stagnant water.

"We don't want to have an ugly alleyway, we don't want to have it attracting crime. We want a great place to walk, to have a meal, to have a drink and we hope that this is will be an example for many more alleyways throughout Los Angeles in the future," he said.

Garcetti says for years the alley represented everything that was wrong with Hollywood. The city is now hoping the spruced-up alley attracts both locals and tourists.