Russ Lopez, who once came to a party in the South End and never really left after that, has come out with another book about Boston's history, Boston 1945 - 2015: The Decline and Rise of a Great World City. He will talk about it at the South End library on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM. According to his web site, it is a story of how one city, seemingly in an unstoppable downward spiral, righted itself into something new.
Lopez previously spoke at the branch about his earlier work, Boston's South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood. He is part of the informal but dedicated South End Library's historical archives group that collects local information and keeps it safe at the South End library.
A native of California, Lopez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University and his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His doctorate is from the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health His research interests include urban environmental health and the role of the cities, neighborhoods, and the structure of the built environment in public health outcomes. Current and past studies include the role of neighborhood in long term diet and exercise interventions, the influence of schoolyard renovations on student test scores and association between the neighborhood built environment and obesity. Lopez has published articles on the health effects of racial segregation, income inequality and urban sprawl. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.