- Jul 15, 2006
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In Roxbury it was planned next to a rail line and 695 was planned through Cambridge.The Pike was squeezed in pretty tightly alongside an existing rail corridor. What was planned for Roxbury was quite a bit larger; two new 8-lane expressways and a massive interchange between the two.
The SW X-way (I-95) was planned next to a rail line. But the Inner Belt (I-695 and I-95) would have slashed across Roxbury about where Melnea Cass Blvd is now, except it would have been 8 lanes wide plus breakdown lanes, on/off ramps, and frontage roads. Then there would be the massive interchange at the two expressways' intersection, with parts of the interchange elevated practically on top of a major public housing project. If there ever was a case of outright oppression and brutalization of a low-income area by highway planning and routing, this is a classic case. Cambridge and Somerville would have been similarly steam-rollered over by this project,In Roxbury it was planned next to a rail line and 695 was planned through Cambridge.
Interesting, but it looks like the Waikiki beach waterfront to me.