Dust and dirt mark new Elysian Heights landscape

Elysian Heights home site in September 2011.

Same site in late April 2012

The cutting down of trees and the beginning of grading on the site of an Elysian Heights housing development has dramatically altered the neighborhood’s leafy landscape.  A tractor (pictured in the bottom photo) rests in what was once a grassy field surrounded by a towering and tangled stand of eucalyptus, pine and palm trees near Allesandro Street.  The 15 homes planned by developer Plant Home Living will be clustered at the base of the  three-acre hillside parcel near Allesandro and El Moran Street.  However, concern about the stability of the uphill slope required grading and earth moving as well as the removal of a grove of trees, many of them natives.  Residents who opposed the project are  now concerned about the impact of all the dust on humans as well as wildlife.

Planet Home has agreed to plant more than 160 replacement trees to replace the natives but it will be a long time before this section of Elysian Heights ever looks like an urban forest again.


  1. Any word on whether all of those residences will be built at once, or are they sticking to the more expensive marketing plan of building just the model home and attempting to sell the rest first before building?

  2. Very sad sight!

  3. Fantastic! More homes directly next to a freeway, where air pollution is the worst. With any luck, these will be new families with small children with developing lungs.

    Additionally, they’ll have uber-tiny lots… 15 units on 2 acres (so roughly 5,500 sqft lots), because people like to be stacked and packed to the point they could borrow their neighbors butter without leaving the house.

    Smart-growth policies are oh-so-dumb.

    • This isn’t “smart growth”, just more car-centric sprawl.

    • I don’t like what they did to the trees. But from someone that lives in a house build in the 20’s on a 6000 sqft lot close to the 2 freeway, urban sprawl and large houses and new freeways to lead to them and long commutes are not the solution. Unless you offer a new solution please don’t just complain.

  4. Thanks for nuthin’, Garcetti. Got your head buried in the sand again? We need you Mitch O’Farrell!!!!!!!!

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