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The Municipal Feud That Made Hollywood

In 1937, a California city just southwest of Hollywood tried to change its name - to Hollywood
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Hollywood is the only neighborhood in Los Angeles with official boundaries. That's not because Jack Nicholson said so. It's because back in 1937, a city just southwest of Hollywood tried to capitalize on its contribution to the film industry by changing its name - to Hollywood.

Stephanie Frank, a doctoral student of planning and development at U.S.C., revives the lost history of this peculiar dispute in the January issue of the Journal of Urban History. Film companies flocked to Hollywood in the 1910s, in large part because it was close to the amenities of downtown Los Angeles but far enough away to be affordable. Hollywood quickly became the cultural capital of the film industry, with tourists rushing there to catch a glimpse of the gilded life.