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The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth

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Boston's metropolitan landscape has been two hundred years in the making. From its proto-suburban village centers of 1800 to its far-flung, automobile-centric exurbs of today, Boston has been a national pacesetter for suburbanization. In The Hub's Metropolis, James O'Connell charts the evolution of Boston's suburban development. The city of Boston is compact and consolida ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published March 22nd 2013 by MIT Press (MA) (first published March 8th 2013)
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Justin Hardy
Feb 17, 2014 Justin Hardy rated it liked it
A useful survey. O'Connell does a good job incorporating the findings of many landmark works on suburbanization, both generally and within greater Boston. He also does an expert job of untangling the overlapping impacts of the streetcar, commuter train, subway, and the automobile on development patterns. The prose could have shown a little more personality without compromising its authority. And while this is not a social history, I think more examples of how these changes affected real ...more
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From the author: "Boston’s metropolitan landscape has been two hundred years in the making. From its proto-suburban village centers of 1800 to its far-flung, automobile-centric exurbs of today, Boston has been a national pacesetter for suburbanization. In The Hub’s Metropolis, James O’Connell charts the evolution of Boston’s suburban development and reminds us that the nine layers of suburban infrastructure are still woven into the fabric of the metropolis. Ea
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Marta
May 10, 2014 Marta rated it it was amazing
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This book is fascinating. The author spends a lot of time showing how Boston's political machinations have influenced its suburbs and vice versa.
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