In September, angry residents in the Century Freeway corridor asked city and state Department of Transportation officials to demolish six vacant houses on Adoree Street.
On Monday, they got their wish.
Wrecking crews tore down the houses, which were bought by Caltrans in 1980, because they were in the path of the proposed freeway but were declared excess property in 1981 after the freeway was scaled down from 10 lanes to 6.
Residents complained that the houses attracted vandals and vagrants.
"It really is a relief," said Kathy Englehart. "Some residents want a park here and some want to see new houses, but for the time being, I'm just happy to look at an open field."
The land will be offered for sale to the city, county and other public agencies before being sold at a public auction, said Pierson L. Pedley, senior Caltrans right-of-way agent.