The LA Times Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne writes, "In parading Endeavour along our boulevards, LA is in some striking ways reenacting one of the oldest public celebrations in Western urban history, the Roman triumph."
It'd look pretty stupid if Endeavour made it all the way from LAX, and through South LA only to get stuck on the lawn at the California Science Center. The answer: DURA-BASE mats, made by Newpark Mats.
Dr. Foster was a black man on his way to LA. He'd just left the South, but not segregation, and as one sympathetic motel owner told him, "If we let you in, all the other motel owners would ostracize us."