Tourism came relatively late to the Cape, beginning with the establishment of resort communities in Hyannisport and Falmouth. The introduction of the automobile led to the arrival of an increasing number of middle-class tourists, which in turn spawned proliferation of motels, inexpensive hotels, cottage colonies and campsites. Today, the Cape is a destination for visitors from all over the world who are attracted to its natural beauty and historic charm, but it also suffers from the consequences of its popularity. This fascinating talk by author and professional planner James O'Connell traces the Cape's evolution to a tourist-based economy and how it forever changed our region.
James O’Connell, Ph.D., teaches in the City Planning-Urban Affairs Program at Boston University. He has worked as a planner at the Boston Office of the Northeast Region of the National Park Service, and served as economic development officer of the Cape Cod Commission.