ROUTE 128, the beltway that first encircled Boston more than half a century ago, was the first home
to what eventually came to be known as high tech. With the strong industrial base in the communities through which it
passes and close proximity to schools such as MIT and Harvard, Route 128 was more than just the first modern beltway. It
became the blueprint for economic development in the second half of the 20th century. The companies that clustered
around it and around Greater Boston put in place many of the technologies as well as the business systems that have been
emulated globally ever since. This site is intended to provide access to some of the history associated with this famous highway
and to reinforce the point that despite the growth of areas such as Silicon Valley,by any measure, this region remains one
of the greatest places for technology in the world, hence the site slogan: "Technically, it's still Route 128."
[This is also an apologia for the fact that the actual roadway is now subsumed within the interestate system and is thus marked
as Interstate 95 or Interstate 93 for much of its length.]
-- Alan R. Earls
See what Scott Kirsner and others have to say about reviving the image of the Route 128 area...