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What Was Saved

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The decision to halt interstate highway expansion through greater Boston was a statement — rare for the times — that cities are places worth saving. These photographs show the breathing life that was allowed to grow, even in the razed spaces, once the highway threat was removed. The homes and neighborhoods saved from the wrecking ball, the woods and meadows saved from the bulldozer, remind us of another important truth: that given time and protection from environmental insult, the world will repair itself.  

Liz Ellenwood takes her dog Ophelia for a walk along Lamartine Street. Nan Russell and her daughter Lana enjoy the Southwest Corridor Park. The Inner Belt would have crossed the Charles at about the location of this bridge. Nan Porter spends an afternoon painting in the park.
Phillip Gusmand sells merchandise near the Jackson Square MBTA stop. At the public skate park on the Southwest Corridor. Cambridgeport, near the Boston University Bridge. Liz Ellenwood pays a visit to the community garden on Lamartine Street.
The corner of Hamilton Street and Brookline Street in Cambridgeport. Sarah Braker of Bikes Not Bombs, outside the nonprofit’s headquarters.    

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