A ficus tree has been removed from the sidewalk at 542 N. Larchmont Blvd. in an effort to prevent further cracking of the walkway because of invasive roots.
It is the third Brisbane Box tree to be planted on the boulevard in recent years. The other two are at 535 N. Larchmont Blvd. and at 217 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Ficus roots have uplifted the sidewalks and caused serious accidents during the last few years.
Several lawsuits have been filed by victims of the cracked walkways. Councilman Tom LaBonge has begun a campaign to replace the trees along Larchmont Blvd. City funds are financing the tree removal and replacement; the property owner is paying for the cost of sidewalk replacement