- Blackstone Block
- Paul Revere House
- Old North Church
- Quincy Market
Jim O’Connell teaches in the Boston University City Planning-Urban Affairs Program. His courses include The Planning and Development of Metropolitan Boston and Global Cities. Jim has a Ph.D. in Urban History from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Bates College. He has written six books including "The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth" (MIT Press) and "Dining Out in Boston: A Culinary History". He formerly was a planner and historian at the National Park Service, working with National Parks in the Northeast on creating engaging visitor experiences. In exploring Boston, Jim likes to focus on all aspects of urbanism, including the evolving cityscape and the new projects that are reshaping it.
Ken Liss is a retired research librarian from Brookline, a Massachusetts town bordered on three sides by the City of Boston. He brings in-depth research skills to the development of every tour he leads, adding interesting and unusual stories, people, and events to the well-known aspects of local history. The only thing Ken likes more than learning new stories through research is sharing those stories with others. Ken first led tours 30 years ago, guiding visitors to Massachusetts by taking them to historic sites in Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord. He has also presented localized walking tours and presentations as head of the Brookline Historical Society. One of his newer, more specialized programs covers Boston's Automobile Row, home to more than one hundred automobile dealerships and related businesses from the 1910s to the 1960s. Among Ken's many interests are history, geography, architecture, technology, and the changing nature of daily life -- all very much present in the stories of Boston and nearby cities and town. He is also a lover of language who writes about word and phrase origins and a notorious punster who has participated in competitive punning. (So be prepared.)
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