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History of Boston Transportation 1630-1990

History of Boston Transportation 1630-1990

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Principles of Engineering Practice (3.003). Fred Salvucci ponders the role of contingency in history, and in the evolution of Boston and its transportation system. He starts from the time the glaciers pulled back from Boston, leaving a soggy near-island and a river for the first white settlers to contend with. "The reason the city is here because of an accident of history," he says. In the 1600s, "when the English first came, they made a mistake," Salvucci reports. Thinking that the Charles would run deep and wide for a thousand miles inland, offering vital trade routes, the English hunkered down. Once they realized their mistake (the Charles is about a foot deep in Watertown, MA, six miles away), the settlers built on the resources at hand,... Show More
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