STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — A push to save the age-old sycamore trees that line a residential street in Studio City has gained momentum.
On Friday, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a motion to begin the process of allotting the trees along Cantura Street historical designation.
"Removing those trees damages the entire neighborhood and it damages what is special about this very neighborhood," he told CBS2's Laurie Perez.
Only 105 of the trees that were originally planted in 1920 remain.
Residents say eager developers, who are building larger homes in the area, are to blame along with new city building codes that require wider aprons for new driveways.
And within the past few years, upset neighbors say five sycamores have fallen.
As a result, more than 1,500 people have signed a petition to stop the removal of the trees for construction.
Residents say the trees aren't only aesthetically pleasing but add value to their homes while keeping the area cool.
"You don't need to destroy this kind of beauty to do well in this world. This leaves a scar on your soul," said Earl Hightower, a resident. He explained that the trees were what sold him and his wife when they moved in some 15 years ago.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles' Planning and Land Use Management is expected to consider the motion. If they agree that the trees should become a cultural monument, the issue will be sent to the City Council for a vote within the next few weeks.
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