WATTS-CENTURY FREEWAY

ROUTE STUDIES IN CALIFORNIA TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THREE MAJOR FACTORS: (1) THE EFFECTS THAT THE ALTERNATE WILL HAVE ON THE COMMUNITIES THROUGH OR AROUND WHICH IT MAY PASS, (2) THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE ALTERNATE WILL FULFILL EXISTING AND FUTURE TRAFFIC DEMANDS, AND (3) THE INITIAL COST OF THE ALTERNATE, INCLUDING BOTH CONSTRUCTION AND RIGHT-OF-WAY. ON THE CENTURY FREEWAY STUDIES, COST FACTORS SEEMED TO FAVOR THE NORTHERLY ALTERNATES. THEREFORE, COMMUNITY IMPACT WAS DECISIVE IN DETERMINING THE LOCATION OF THE ROUTE. THE ADOPTED ROUTE OF THE CENTURY FREEWAY HAS RECEIVED ADVOCACY FROM THE COMMUNITY IT MOST SEVERELY AFFECTS, THE COMMUNITY OF WATTS. THE KEY STRATEGY FOR LAND ACQUISITION IN WATTS INVOLVES REPLACEMENT HOUSING. REPLACEMENT HOUSING LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE PROVIDES THAT THE DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS MAY ACQUIRE AND CONDEMN VACANT UNOCCUPIED PROPERTY OUTSIDE FREEWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY AND THAT IT MAY CONTRACT WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENTITIES FOR THE FINANCING, PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, MANAGEMENT, SALE, AND EXCHANGE OR LEASE OF REPLACEMENT HOUSING, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE REPLACEMENT HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO RESIDE IN ECONOMICALLY DEPRESSED AREAS OF THE STATE AND WHO ARE DISPLACED BY FREEWAYS. SINCE THE RIOTS, NORMAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITY DWINDLED IN WATTS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE IMPROVEMENT OF HOUSING WILL STIMULATE ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADJACENT TO AND IN THE VICINITY OF THE HOUSING. THE REPLACEMENT HOUSING PROGRAM WILL BE RECOMMITTED TO CONTINUED COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. ALTHOUGH THE CENTURY FREEWAY DISPLACES THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS IN AN AREA WHERE A DEPRESSED REAL ESTATE MARKET MAKES REPLACEMENT IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH NORMAL MEANS, IT OFFERS THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE OF WATTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE AND REVITALIZE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH TOTAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN A REPLACEMENT HOUSING PROGRAM.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 117-121
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and community values
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 12 1970 12:00AM