Infrastructure

Our favorite hazardous LA sidewalk, now with cones

now-with-cones-prosser-sidewalk.jpgPhotos for LA Observed by Judy Graeme.

We have been watching this ficus tree devour the sidewalk on Prosser Avenue in Rancho Park for years now — our dentist is right around the corner — and posting photos of it at LA Observed since 2012. Nothing ever changes, except the sidewalk gets more pushed up and looks more and more like rubble. A city crew came along a couple of years ago and installed a decorative planter in the street, raising hopes in the neighborhood that Mt. Prosser would be fixed. But the crew did nothing about the dangerous sidewalk a few feet away. So it remains as a hideous lesson of LA's failed municipal experiment with parkway ficus trees and a glaring example of the city's failure to fix the sidewalks.

On Tuesday, there were orange warning cones stationed on the south-facing slope. A sign of progress to come? We'll be watching.

What it looked like in 2012:

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