Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Live Nation Comes to the Palladium

Garcetti and Grant at Palladium
Originally uploaded by CD-13.
The Palladium has seen better days. It was once the crown jewel of a sparkling Hollywood nightlife, and a hot spot for big bands and up-and-coming local artists. I personally remember coming to see the Violent Femmes in the world-famous ball room. In recent years has been scouted by developers for housing, parking, and numerous other plans that would have torn down the historical landmark.

The vision for the future of Hollywood is one that must honor and celebrate its past. It is this connection that Live Nation has now brought to the Palladium. The live music promoter will restore the old ballroom to its former glory as a Hollywood venue.

Stars used to visit Hollywood - now they live here. It is the nightlife capital of North America, a model of 21st century urbanism where people can - and do - eat, play, work, and live. Located on a transit hub with the Holly Trolley circulating throughout the area, Hollywood is also at the center of a new model for transportation in this city that has long been captive to freeways and cars. Indeed, the revival of the Palladium trumpets the return of Hollywood's Golden Age.