Photo by Michael Johnson

Christopher Campbell Tree Design and West Coast Arborists begin the historic trimming of 38 ficus trees and the culling of 33 that many see as a part of 24th Street’s cultural heritage.

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A resident onlooker. Photo by Michael Johnson.
A worker assists la señora. Photo by Michael Johnson.
24th Street. Photo by Michael Johnson.
Men working in the trees. Photo by Michael Johnson.
Photo by Michael Johnson.

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  1. I loves the trees also. I hope we get some decent sized replacements that will grow fast

  2. The ficus trees on 24th were planted as a response to the Mission neighborhood, which at that time, thought greenery would be appropriate. The trees were to soften the street visually and to improve air quality. Ficus are famous for growing, and growing, and growing. Over their 40-50 years of life, they became huge and began bending toward the light creating a leafy roof over 24th and blocking the sun. Their roots also created a problem for the sidewalk, which is narrow (9-12 feet) and cause upheavals every where. This is an example of a good place but the wrong tree.

  3. The one piece of nature that is embedded in the Mission and they are tearing them down?? I grew up with those trees they were a respite from gangs, drunks & crime.
    I still love looking at them as it makes 24th one of the most beautiful tree lined streets in San Francisco. You don’t see them tearing down trees in the Presidio. It is another slap in the face of Latinos

  4. A little more light and sunlight on this part of 24th Street would make walking down the street much more pleasant!