A Route 128 Timeline
Buidling on a history of innovation, industrialization, and business acumen dating back to the earliest European settlement, New England and the Route 128 region built early electronics and computing leadership on a solid foundation.
The launch of the MIT Radiation Laboratory at MIT began an era of substantial government R&D funding which nurtured and expanded public and private organizations focused on radar, computing, and other new technologies.
In the 1980s the tremendous growth in the region's tech economy -- due primarily to the continued growth of minicomputers and resurgent Cold War spending -- led to an era known as the Massachusetts Miracle. Subsequent years saw defense spending scaled back, the collapse of the minicomputer industry with the rise of the microprocessor -- and the growth of new sectors such as software, robotics, and biotech.
PHOTO: Route 128, looking north toward Route 30 overpass around 1950.