I am as excited as anyone to have a space shuttle come to L.A. But it’s a shame that it has to come at such a high price, treewise.

No surprise that South L.A. is the neighborhood chosen to have hundreds of old trees leveled.

Studies show that neighborhoods with tall trees are safer and tearing down these trees is going to further destabilize a neighborhood that has struggled for decades.


400 trees to be removed for Endeavour’s L.A. arrival: For some South L.A. residents, the excitement of Endeavour rumbling through their neighborhoods en route to the California Science Center faded when they learned that 400 trees had to be cut down.

Photo: A landscaping crew cuts down a tree on Manchester Boulevard to clear the way for the space shuttle Endeavour when it makes its journey from Los Angeles International to its new home in Exposition Park. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times