A City Of Villages – The 2013 Newton History Series – Oak Hill Park – A “Local Utopia” – Thursday, February 7 @ 7PM

In 1995, Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell wrote, “The greenbelt system is what’s unique about Oak Hill Park. There’s nothing else like it in Massachusetts. And it’s still intact. Even in today’s privatized world, nobody has chopped the Oak Hill Park greenways into private, fenced barbecue patios.” Join resident Paul Eldrenkamp for a discussion of the origins and evolution of this little-known corner of Newton, a planned community built by a public-private partnership to provide inexpensive housing for veterans returning from WWII. Discover what Campbell found so appealing about this close-knit neighborhood, and learn what’s changed in the years since Campbell wrote so compellingly of its charms. Co-Sponsored by Historic Newton and the Newton Free Library. Thursday, February 7, @ 7PM at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street. Free.