Protesting the building of the Inner Belt at Pres. Howard W. Johnson's inauguration, 1966
The origins of the anti-Inner Belt highway movement centered in Cambridge, MA. Principal sources of the Inner Belt controversy included the highway’s potential effects on: housing, businesses, public-transit prospects, noise, sense of community, and costs for municipal governments. The highway was to displace an estimated 450 businesses and 1,300 families in Cambridge, most of whom the state was unequipped to help, given the ongoing property shortage.