Acclaimed photographer Peter Vanderwarker kicked off One Book One Belmont Wednesday night, March 2, to a standing-room-only crowd. Using historic maps and photographs as well as his own photographs, he showed how Boston grew from a tadpole-shaped peninsula joined to the mainland by Roxbury Neck, to the area it covers today.
Much of this growth was fueled by waves of immigration – the Irish in the 1840s, followed by Russians and Eastern Europeans, and Italians around the turn of the century. Providing decent housing and working conditions for immigrants has challenged Boston throughout its history. According to census data, Vanderwarker continued, ethnic differences in neighborhoods persist today, with very few parts of the city achieving a balance among different races and ethnicities.
For more information about architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker, please see www.vanderwarker.com.