the proposed opening was set to be in mid 1965, the project
was not finished until about May of 1966. At a pre-opening
reception, Howard B. Johnson greeted guests, local dignitaries,
and members of the press in order to mark the exciting new
its completed form the new HoJo's was described to have been
a concept that differed from roadside units and was "admirably
suited to the more sophisticated metropolitan atmosphere"
in which it was operating. The middle 1960s marked a time
in American history where urban areas suffered from considerable
decay, and urban planning and revitalization were buzz words
of the era. Howard Johnson's jumped on the bandwagon and proclaimed
in its announcement about the opening of 500 Boylston, that
"We're with it!"