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The Secret History of Boston’s Suburbs: A CityLab + DigBoston Happy Hour

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730 Tavern, Kitchen & Patio

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Please note: Tickets for this event are free, but advance registration is required as space is limited.

We all know the stereotypes about suburbs: They're affluent, conservative, orderly, and a bit dull. To describe a style or mindset as “suburban” is not a compliment. But what if there were another suburbia, where the rules didn’t apply?

Another “shadow suburbia” exists, argues CityLab senior editor Amanda Kolson Hurley in her new book, Radical Suburbs, from Belt Publishing. Even before American cities started spreading outward along the paths of railroad lines, people headed to the urban fringes to pursue a different way of life. Not all of the communities they founded were about keeping up with the Joneses. And two of the communities Hurley writes about in her book—Six Moon Hill and Five Fields, built by architects who wanted to bring Modernism to the masses—were right here in the Boston area, in Lexington. She’ll join a moderator from DigBoston in a conversation about the local history and what today’s suburbs can learn from these past examples.

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When: Wednesday, May 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. and program begins at 6:30 p.m. We’ll leave time to network and make new friends!
Where: 730 Tavern, Kitchen & Patio in Central Square (730 Massachusetts Ave, 02139)
Food/Drink: Attendees are encouraged to order from 730 Tavern.

Tickets: Tickets are free and are required to attend.

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