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Public Art Tour | Cambridge Arts Council
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"Beat the Belt"

LaCasse, Bernard

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Mural

727 Memorial Drive

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Back of Micro Center Computer Shop

Date: 1980

Materials: Acrylic on masonry

Dimensions: 13' x 75'

The mural celebrates the triumph of people over machines by depicting the successful effort of neighborhood residents to block construction of the Inner Belt Highway (extension of I-95) through Cambridge in 1971. The city of Cambridge was the first to organize against the eight-lane highway project, which would have displaced the Brookline/Elm Street neighborhoods and split the city of Cambridge in half. Brookline, Boston, and Somerville soon joined in a coalition that defeated the project and ended all new highway construction in Metropolitan Boston.