Street trees in front of Rick’s stripped of most leaves, branches


Street trees in front of DreamGirls at Rick’s were recently given a severe pruning along Lake City Way. The notorious strip club has in recent years kept a low profile in the neighborhood after it was seized from the previous owner by the federal government and sold at auction to the DreamGirls chain.

But whoever pruned the trees is drawing neighborhood attention toward the club again.

The trees were planted along Lake City Way to encourage a canopy over the asphalt of the state highway. The pruning has some questioning if it was too severe, or even allowed after the tops were cut, rendering the trees largely topless.

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Street Use & Urban Forestry Division is looking into the matter. Members of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance have also voiced concern over the trees’ pruning. Below are some comments from residents via Twitter.