Along the Sunset Strip, the 75-year-old pavement could tell some incredible stories about Hollywood through the ages.
“There’s probably chewing gum spit out by Jim Morrison in front of the Whisky a Go-Go,” West Hollywood Councilman John Duran said Wednesday. “Don’t tell anybody or they’ll want to go pick it up.”
The Sunset Boulevard strip has not been repaved since the 1930s. So it’s possible there may be gum deposited there by movie stars who once frequented the strip, such as Humphrey Bogart, Greta Garbo or even regal Shakespearean actor and unlikely gum-smacker Sir Laurence Olivier.
On Monday, West Hollywood will begin giving the Sunset Strip — its roadway and sidewalks -- its first face-lift since it was converted from a dirt road. City officials and business owners say they hope the touch-up will not only spiff up, but also help enliven, a boulevard that has been challenged in recent years by outside competitors and the tattered economy.
Photo: The Roxy on the Sunset Strip. Credit: Los Angeles Times