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400 trees to be removed for space shuttle Endeavour's L.A. arrival
Space shuttle Endeavour is coming to town — which means 400 or so trees have got to go.
The shuttle's final journey from Los Angeles International Airport to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park will cover 12 miles of Inglewood and Los Angeles streets next month.
But in order to move the five-story-tall, 78-foot-wide orbiter down city streets, power lines will be raised, traffic signals will be removed and some trees will be pruned or removed. Crews have already started trimming trees in Inglewood, chopping pine, ficus and others down to their stumps.
Inglewood will lose 128 trees, and communities in South Los Angeles about 265 trees, though the exact number has not yet been determined.
The California Science Center 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.
Source: Los Angeles Times.
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