Urban Tours

 

Jim O’Connell is leading Urbanist Walking Tours of Greater Boston. Jim combines his knowledge of Boston’s urban history and contemporary planning to explore how this dynamic region is evolving. Jim is available to lead customized tours of downtown Boston, various neighborhoods, and selected suburban communities. Contact him at jcoconnell@comcast.net for further information.

Under the auspices of the Brookline Adult & Community Education Program, Jim will be leading the following walking tours in 2018. To register for the tours, contact https://www.campusce.net/brookline/course/course.aspx?catId=72.

Fenway-Longwood Urbanist Walking Tour

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00 AM

Approaches to urban development in Greater Boston have been changed radically from the automobile-oriented twentieth century. Cities are experiencing increased residential living, mixed commercial and residential uses, knowledge economy development, public transit use, and open space creation. Join us for a walking tour from Beacon Street in Brookline through the Fenway and Longwood districts to investigate some of the community’s latest development projects.

This tour will meet in front of Sichuan Gourmet Restaurant, 1004 Beacon Street, at Audubon Circle, Brookline. The tour will feature an overview of Frederick Law Olmsted’s design of Brookline’s Beacon Street, then proceed to Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace to examine the recent uncovering of the Muddy River. The tour will explore the new neighborhood that has been developing on Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue in the Fenway. The tour will then explore new development at the colleges and medical institutions of the Longwood Area, concluding at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

 

21st-Century Boston Urbanist Walking Tour

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 AM

 

Approaches to city planning in Boston and around the country have changed radically from the automobile-oriented twentieth century. Cities are experiencing increased downtown living, mixed commercial and residential uses, public transit use, open space creation, place-making cultural activities, and altered shopping habits. Join us for a walking tour of downtown Boston that explores these 21st-century city planning developments. This tour will put into historical context the redevelopment of South Station, Rose Kennedy Greenway, HarborWalk, the new GE headquarters, the rise of the Seaport District, new downtown residences, and the adaptive reuse of historic structures.