Friday, April 2, 2010

century freeway

Completed in 1993 at a total cost of $2.2 billion dollars over a 30 year period, the Century Freeway in Los Angeles is a material manifestation of that region’s commitment to the road and the car. At the time it was touted as the "nation's most expensive freeway."

What does this project tell us about contemporary efforts to shift away from a legacy of auto-centric transportation planning towards a more sustainable system incorporating a variety of transportation modes while simultaneously remaking the cities in which we live?

Here are a couple of great sites that take a photographic/literary approach to explaining the freeway's construction and impacts:

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