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Local author to discuss Waltham's development, growth Tuesday

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 9, 2013 05:30 PM

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Waltham's Back Pages Books will host author James O'Connell Tuesday night to discuss Waltham's unique place in the history of the region's development, according to the bookshop.

The free event, titled "Waltham: Past, Present, Future," will be led by O'Connell, who wrote The Hub's Metropolis, a book that explores Greater Boston's development from railroad suburbs to "smart growth."

O'Connell will trace the city's ascent from 19th century village retreat through the rise of the railroad, the streetcar, and into the present day landscape of roads, transit hubs, cars, buses, trains, and Rte. 128, reflecting on the impact of planning throughout the years.

The event is part of the Waltham League of Women Voters' Waltham Visions forum series, which seeks to help locals gain a greater understanding of Waltham as a city.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at Back Pages Books, located at 289 Moody St. Parking is available directly behind Back Pages in numbered spaces, and is free after 6 p.m. Back Pages is also reachable by the 70 bus, 70A, and the Waltham commuter rail.

For more information, to RSVP or to buy O'Connell's book, visit the bookstore's website.

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