Going forward, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge said he is considering alternative ways to help the residents and tourists coexist, such as "coning off" and placing volunteers at the vista lookout to help with flow and security. Other proposals, like pay-to-ride trams and alternative viewing spots, are also being discussed.
For those wondering, San Fran's Lombard Street is now back open after closing down to tourists on four weekends earlier this summer. The future remains unclear, however, as the city debates on whether to make the closures permanent going forward.
As tourism ingrains itself into the world's economy, the clash between locals and tourists is certainly something we will see no shortage of. The question becomes how cities and destinations will handle complaints from their residents. Do they put their own first, or does money do the talking in spite of a decline in the local quality of life?
As travelers, we can help to make sure this and other attractions remain accessible by always being overly respectful of those who call it home.
[Photo: LA Times]