1. ThatOne says

    After reading several stories about how they cut down hundreds of trees instead of shipping it other routes or in separate pieces I can only feel irritation and some disgust when hearing about Endeavour now. A lot of old growth trees, some planted by family members of the current residents before they were born, entire residential streets cleared of 50+ year old trees. They were forced to scrap part of the route after people objected to them cutting down trees planted in honor of Martin Luther, even though they cut a few of them down anyway. If it was my old oak or willow tree the city killed just to move the shuttle through I would have busted a piece of it off myself.

    It’s kind of sad, I used to want to see the shuttle.

  2. unruly says

    @ThatOne. I agree. Also note they only used routes that wouldn’t affect rich people. i guess they’re better at greasing pockets or organizing lawyers.

  3. Craig says

    1) The Tundra only pulled it for about 100 meters, from in front of Randy’s Donuts then across the Manchester Blvd. bridge over the 405 freeway. That’s the extent of it.

    2) No “old growth” trees were cut down. There are no native “old growth” trees in the LA basin, it is naturally a desert. There were some older trees cut down but they will be replaced by twice as many new trees in an agreement with the Science Center. The oldest trees along the route were a bunch of pine trees along a short stretch of MLK Blvd. (planted in honor of MLK) that were saved, so much so that it delayed the delivery by several hours while they worked their way around them, trimming only branches as needed.

  4. Craig says

    @Unruly, there really aren’t any “wealthy” neighborhoods between LAX and the CSC. Just the nature of living under a flight path I guess. It would have been waaay out of the way to actually do so. They studied several routes to find the one that would cause the least disturbance to power lines and traffic signals while not having to go under any bridges.

  5. Good lord says

    Could you please dial back on the “stunning?” Not everything interesting or kind of cool is stunning. Well, unless you’re nearly perpetually stunned.

  6. Icebloo says

    I think the video is great but it’s also a little sad that the shuttle’s career is over.

    I also think it was a wonderful idea to pull it through the streets so everyone could see it and be a part of it’s journey. Tax dollars paid for the shuttle so it belongs to the nation.
    Of course it’s sad they took down some trees but I’m OK with that if they replace them.

    Whoever agreed to all of this and organized it should be congratulated. It was a very interesting and inclusive piece of history.

  7. bbog says

    Its really silly to call trees in LA old growth. Most were ficus that were uprooting water pipes and sewers and destroying sidewalks. They will be replaced 2 for every 1 lost by more appropriate trees for this urban desert. The neighborhoods that hosted the shuttle route welcomed the shuttle with open arms and were very glad it did not go through the rich neighborhoods. This was a great experience for LA!

  8. Bill says

    Between objections of the use of the word “stunning” to everyone else whipping their deck out and proclaiming their region/state/county/neighborhood/zipcode/condo association is better than everyone else’s, I’m left wondering if there are any decent human beings that even read this blog anymore. For the love of all things holy, what is wrong with you people?! I can’t imagine that you are able to leave the house and appreciate all that is great about NYC, LA, or Seattle if this ruffles your feathers so much. Thank god for the internet and 24 hour delivery services. That has to be what keeps an agoraphobe alive. Or at least a Towleroad commenter.

  9. gr8guya says

    I assume using a Tundra was part of a commercial and/or promotional campaign for the car. Which is fine. If private funds can be used to offset costs, then government revenue can be used for other things. So, get ready to see a new Tundra commercial on the air in 3..2..1….

  10. Tommy Hayes says

    The retirement of those shuttles marks the end of an era, a changing of the gaurd, if you will. I think it entirely appropriate to mark the occasion for the milestones made by the missions conducted in these vessels.

    As you watch the video, or observe the procession personally, reflect on what it took to carry out the shuttle program and how it has inspired so many over the years. The missions and the discoveries made along the way were enabled by the people of the United States and, as such, belong to us. Let the memory of the shuttle program inspire you, because it should if you think about it for a moment. Let it stand as a testament of ourselves to future generations that we can do great things together.

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