Wilshire Blvd. Palm Trees to be Removed for Metro Line Extension

Natalie Stone
Wilshire Blvd.

The Purple Line will extend railway from Koreatown to Westwood.

Miracle Mile's Wilshire Blvd. will say goodbye to more than 140 trees in preparation of Metro's Purple Line extension.

Metro aims to remove tall palm trees between Western and Fairfax for the extension of railway from Koreatown to Westwood, Los Angeles Magazine reported.

Metro posted notices about the first four trees, set for removal at Wilshire and La Brea, and the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition stepped in and objected. "We're in dialogue trying to preserve as many trees as possible," Coalition president Lyn McEwan Cohen said. "We've been protecting them for 25 years."

After Metro met and discussed with community groups, the railway line discovered a way to remove 82 trees and save other trees by relocating them. Landscape architect Mia Lehrer, who has worked on the Los Angeles River and Natural History Museum, was hired to consult on the project, according to LA Mag.

"I thought that was really elevating the conversation," Cohen said. "And a good faith effort on their part having someone of that reputation and skill set."

Original designers from Melendrez, the firm that designed the Wilshire Blvd. islands in the 1980s with giant birds of paradise, London plane Sycamore and agave with the palms, are also set to contribute to the new plan.

Metro is planning a public meeting at City Hall to discuss the removal of 82 trees. Fifty-five other tree removal projects are also pending.

We’re in dialogue trying to preserve as many trees as possible - See more at: http://www.lamag.com/askchris/say-goodbye-to-the-towering-palms-of-wilshire-boulevard/#sthash.AiW8QVhQ.dpuf
We’re in dialogue trying to preserve as many trees as possible - See more at: http://www.lamag.com/askchris/say-goodbye-to-the-towering-palms-of-wilshire-boulevard/#sthash.AiW8QVhQ.dpuf
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