Belmont And The Development Of Metropolitan Boston
March 19, 2014
On Wednesday evening, March 19th, 2014, James C. O’Connell will discuss the growth and evolution of Boston and its suburbs, with particular emphasis on Belmont, from 1800 to the present day. The presentation will draw upon material in his recent book The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth. That book covers the evolutionary growth and development of the area surrounding the Boston core from farms to village centers to country retreats to railroad suburbs to streetcar suburbs to the post-WWII automobile suburbs to the current “smart growth” era. Besides The Hub’s Metropolis, O’Connell has written four other books and many articles on urban planning and New England history. His other books include Becoming Cape Cod: Creating a Seaside Resort; The Pioneer Valley Reader; and The Inside Guide to Springfield and the Pioneer Valley. He is a Community Planner for the National Park Service, where he specializes in planning for historic sites and heritage areas. The program will begin at 7:30 pm in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.