Saturday, May 19, 2012

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: The Big Parade Walks Around Controversial Subdivision Today

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 29, 2011.  Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract's park-like setting inspired resident, Paul Landacre, the pre-eminent 20th Century wood-cut print artist.  (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

The Big Parade, the free, 2-day, 100 public staircase hike from Angel's Flight to the Hollywood Sign will walk around the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, today.  What was once a highlight of the tour, is now a cautionary tale of what can happen when politicians (and neighbors) don't have the foresight to comprehend what taking nearly 4 acres of urban forest to completely remove and recompact a hillside means. 

(Take note: Barlow Respiratory Hospital site in Elysian Park is destined for a similar fate if neighbors don't get involved now.)    

Unfortunately, the City historic landmark Paul Landacre Cabin (on El Moran) has been occupied by squatters, while the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract garden lots were deforested in February. 

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 15, 2012.  Today, the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract is not too spiritual.  Grading began a few weeks ago for the controversial 16-lot subdivision.  Neighbors lost their appeal in 2009.

It's not too late to join The Big Parade.  Learn more:

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