Boston Harbor Now was featured in a Boston Globe article about the city’s transformative harbor cleanup effort, and the 50-year-old film that documents the former state of the harbor:
Picture yourself driving on the Central Artery through Boston in 1969. You’re heading toward Quincy, zipping past a Howard Johnson’s restaurant and billboards advertising Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, Paragon Park, and the Sheraton Motor Inn.
You eventually reach Squantum and then take a helicopter ride over Boston Harbor. From the air, you get a bird’s-eye view of the gritty, industrial landscape along the city’s waterfront. You fly over Moon Island, where sewage is discharged into the harbor, and Spectacle Island, which is covered in deep layers of garbage.