ECHO PARK — An Eastsider reader called last week to spread the word about the cutting down of a trio of large ficus trees in the 1400 block of Temple Street. Today, those trees remain standing but in a very, shall we say, truncated form.
It’s not clear if the crew that began cutting the trees, located in front of a windowless building that recently went up for lease, are going to return to finish the job. The city requires that a permit be issued before street trees are cut down. But there’s no indication that has taken place, unlike a few blocks west where a hearing is pending for the removal of some other Temple Street ficus.
The cutting looks severe. But, if any tree could survive this kind of hacking, it would be a ficus.
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