Worth the Wait?

After more than a decade of anticipation, Francis Ford Coppola's third installment of the Godfather film saga opens on Christmas Day. The hiatus between episodes was longer than the duration of both World Wars. But other megaprojects are marinating out there at their own dilatory pace. Examples:

THE OLDEST DEAL For 35 years, a congressional committee has dithered about the design and funding for a memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Plans have now been set for a nine-acre, $47 million garden plaza in downtown Washington. Groundbreaking will occur next year for a scheduled 1995 dedication.

THE SEARCH FOR SCARLETT II Margaret...

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