The 19 carob trees that have graced Gifford and Flora avenues in Bell for years just got "too old and too large," according to a city official.
The roots of the shady trees have broken up sidewalks and damaged curbs and gutters--and the city says they have to go.
A contract was approved by the City Council last week to have the trees removed and the sidewalks repaired.
This is the first time such a large number of trees in a concentrated area have been removed at once, said David Meyer, director of community redevelopment. The trees, he said, are "incapable of being salvaged."
Gilbert Reed, the city park superintendent, added: "It was the wrong tree in the wrong spot. They got too big and started tearing up sidewalks."