City Journal has a very interesting article on the history and the present of Boston's Central Artery project: Lessons of Boston’s Big Dig
I've always looked at the Big Dig as an embarrassing indicator of how Massachusetts has devolved into a third-world nation where you can't do a large public works project without massive waste and corruption and still emerge with a dysfunctional product in the end. The City Journal piece is more sanguine.
"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here
[the brain]" -1984 (film)