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Make way for the shuttle

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Most crews take down trees because they’re diseased or infested. These guys in L.A. are taking down more than 400 so the decommissioned space shuttle Endeavour can make it to it’s final resting place.

Space shuttle Endeavour’s final 12-mile journey through the streets of South Los Angeles already promises to be a meticulously planned spectacle: a two-day parade, an overnight slumber party in Inglewood and enough hoopla to create a giant traffic mess.

But for some residents in South L.A., the excitement of the shuttle rumbling through their neighborhoods quickly faded when they learned that 400 trees will be chopped down to make room for the behemoth.

The California Science Center — Endeavour’s final home — has agreed to replant twice as many trees along the route from the shuttle’s docking place at Los Angeles International Airport to Exposition Park.

But that’s not enough to satisfy some tree lovers.


September 4th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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