ECHO PARK — The former Temple Street home of the Derby Dolls roller derby league is gone, demolished to make way for a huge new apartment complex. Now, a row of towering ficus trees in front of the now vacant parcel is also likely to disappear from the landscape. Resident Oliver Wilson spotted notices to remove the three ficus trees, also known as Indian Laurel Figs, and a queen palm. The Board of Public Works will have to weigh in on the matter at a yet-to-be-scheduled public hearing.
The public notice says the trees, which shade most of the block between Westlake Avenue and Bonnie Brae Street, are to be removed for street widening. It’s not clear if that’s related to the development of a 200-unit apartment complex on the block.
The sturdy ficus have a reputation for roots that tear up and buckle sidewalks. But proposals to cut down ficus in Echo Park and elsewhere often meet with some opposition.
The trees on Temple will be replaced, according to permit info, but Wilson is still opposed.
“To me trees are what help make LA walkable,” he said in an email.”This is going the wrong direction in my opinion.”
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