More than three dozen Echo Park street trees – ranging from giant ficus to scrawny chitalpa and even a banana tree – along Sunset Boulevard will be cut down and replaced with other trees as part of a beautification program.
A public hearing will be scheduled to allow residents to weigh in on the tree removal, according to black-and-white notices from the city’s Urban Forestry Division that have been taped to the 37 trees that will be cut down. A hearing date has not yet been set but the Bureau of Street Services expects the tree cutting to begin in 60 to 90 days, said spokesman Paul Gomez.
Some of the trees have died while others, including the banana and olive trees, are not allowed to be planted along city streets. The trees are being removed as part of a $750,000 street and sidewalk beautification program that also includes new sidewalks, benches, solar-powered trash cans and other changes to a nearly mile-long stretch of Sunset Boulevard through Echo Park.
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