HIGH TECH HIGHWAY:
In the 1950's, Route 128 was built around Boston from Braintree in
the south to Gloucester at the northern end of Massachusetts Bay.
The new highway brought with it the development of high-tech industries
and a second industrial revolution to the Waltham area. In fact, the
Route 128 corridor, often referred to as the "High-Tech Highway,"
represents one of the nation's first and now largest concentrations
of such industries, particularly in research and development, and
computer hardware and software production. A growing number of multinational
companies are joining concerns such as GTE, Microsoft, Lycos, Polaroid,
IBM, Raytheon, and Thermo Electron in Waltham West Suburban's expanding
high-tech business community.