Not too long ago my little sister was visiting Los Angeles and asked why the La Brea Tar Pits was blocks away from La Brea Avenue. I explained that, indeed, it used to be on LaBrea, but back in the 80s the city decided to relocate the Pits in a huge excavation project. She believed me… and somehow remains the one with the college degree.
Anyway, I just ran across this tidbit about Los Angeles on Space.com that is almost as fantastical, but has more scientific grounding:
The San Andreas fault, which runs north-south, is slipping at a rate of about 2 inches (5 centimeters) per year, causing Los Angeles to move towards San Francisco. Scientists forecast LA will be a suburb of the City by the Bay in about 15 million years.
Of course, with the increasing volume of traffic, travel time between the cities will remain the same.
NOTED (11:21am): In the comments, BenHigh reasonably asks, “don’t they mean san francisco will be a suburb of LA in 15 million years?”
(image from Ale* via Flickr)