Re: Kennedy Expressway
Date: February 19, 2011 07:48AM
Before the X ways, there were commuter train lines and surface roads that workers took to the suburbs. Which, by the way, were not "invented in the 50's" as some urban social engineers assume.
Modern US burbs started in Boston area late 1800's, when Brookline rejected annexation and took it to the US Supreme Court. Since then, cities can't just force a town to join. So, we have inner burbs today. Commuter towns were once farmers stops on train lines.
And don't forget horse and buggies were mobile, too, back then. Many roads and trails existed long before Chicago even was incorporated taking Indians out and about.
Regarding Boston Central Artery, they built the super expensive 'Big Dig' tunnel and removed the highway through downtown for green space.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/19/2011 08:02AM by tomcat630.