Seriously. Just look at the streetview. 79 amputates the inland neighborhood from Battleship Cove as remorselessly as the Central Artery once cleaved Downtown from the Waterfront--and the harms inflicted on Fall River are surely analogous to those which the Artery afflicted upon what is now the Greenway corridor.how much the ugly-ass MA 79 wall still hurts the city.
The other glaring example in our state is, of course, the indefatigable I-91 viaduct in Springfield, ripping apart the fabric that would otherwise integrate Downtown with its waterfront. I'm surprised its demolition is not more of an urgent priority for MassDOT--unless I'm oblivious to headlines/pressures that are already emanating from out of the 413? (just don't say "WestMass"...).
If I were trying to orchestrate a campaign for demolition in the Pioneer Valley, I would just do a before-and-after traveling roadshow of how Seattle has transformed in the wake of the Alaskan Viaduct demolition. You'd think that would be enough.