Access to the garage of the little Bernal Heights home at 237 Ripley Street was blocked when Ripley, which had been a dirt street, was re-graded and paved in the 1960s to facilitate access for emergency services and fire trucks. While a curb cut was provided when the street was paved, a retaining wall was also built between the new sidewalk and the home’s front property line. And a tree has since grown there as well.
With the blessing of the Urban Forestry Department, plans to remove the tree and restore access to the home’s driveway have been drawn. And yes, the Palm tree is to remain in a terraced planter.