Boston: a topographical history

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Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, May 5, 2000 - History - 380 pages
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This urbane and delightful book covering more than 300 years of the course of Boston's history has now been enlarged with an account of the city's new urban design, architecture, and historic preservation and is richly illustrated with 32 additional photographs and drawings. In the last three decades momentous changes have visited this colonial city made modern. Lawrence Kennedy portrays the Boston that preserved much of the intimacy of the remembered place while creating a dramatic new skyline. Boston has been remarkably transformed while keeping human the features of a beloved city.

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Combined with Kevin Lynch's Image of the City this book gives a good introduction to Boston's development which was literally raised out of the water. How small the city was up to the mid 19th century ... Read full review

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An absolutely essential book for Boston newcomers and residents alike. The original book was written at the dawn of the urban renewal era in the 1950s, but the updated chapters evaluate these projects ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

The late Walter Muir Whitehill was the Director of the Boston Athenaeum.

Kennedy is Professor of History at the University of Scranton.

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