Image above: Detail from a map depicting possible routes of the proposed Inner Belt Highway (Interstate 695), from the Location Restudy for Interstate Route 695, Inner Belt Highway, Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. Prepared for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Works by H.W. Lochner, Inc. May 1967. Courtesy the Boston Public Library.
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Nick DeWolf (1928–2006) was an engineer, entrepreneur, and what used to be called a “shutterbug.” His archive of more than 43,000 images are collected and lovingly curated by his son-in-law, Steve Lundeen, at www.flickr.com/photos/dboo.
To see the vision for the proposed alternative to the Inner Belt highways—connected mass transit now known as the "Urban Ring," that would efficiently enable folks to move between Jamaica Plan and Cambridge, for example—check out this chapter from the Boston Transportation Planning Review.
The General Motor's "Futurama" exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair introduced visitors to the idea of an automobile-based "America of 1960." It was the most popular exhibit at the Fair. See Futurama highlights and hear about its influence on post-WWII American cities.
Video posted by Kansas City Area Development Council. See General Motor's 23-minute film, "To New Horizons," showcasing Futurama within their larger utopian thinking. Video from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive.