Your series on the Century Freeway is excellent (Part I, Dec. 27-30). As a member of the Federal Urban Mass Transit Advisory Council back in the 1970s, I recall that the freeway cost was estimated at $700 million.
Today its cost is $1.7 billion and that's without the affordable housing, minority program jobs and women's rights which bring the cost to $2.5 billion.
But the other original objective was to provide a better public route, including one for those within the inner city, to provide access to jobs, schools, etc., outside the depressed neighborhoods.
Today, 17 years later and still not built, the delay has caused irreparable damage to not only the public but also to those in Watts, Compton, etc.