Our Mayor, Our Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain is a postcard for dynamic urban neighborhood life. The Mayor’s handiwork shines across JP, where its bustling business district meets energized community organizations, ample green space and affordable housing development.
Mayor Menino pushed for the location of a supermarket and neighborhood health center in Jackson Square, nearby the future site of a major new housing and commercial development. Egleston Square and the Brewery complex host several new commercial projects. Active youth leadership drives the community organizers at the Hyde Square Task Force.
Up Centre Street to “JP Centre,” many vibrant, new businesses have opened, Centre/South Main Streets program supports arts and culture, and the Mayor’s neighborhood capital plan supported the addition of a first class swimming pool at Curtis Hall Community Center. Recently, the Mayor’s intervention prevented the local farmer’s market from being displaced.
Mayor Menino’s work resulted in increased neighborhood recreation options for JP, notably, refurbished athletic fields at Boston English High School. The new fields host a wide array of sporting uses. Recently, the Mayor’s Schoolyard Improvement Program targeted the Curley School, which will expand its green recreational space.
Affordable housing in the diverse community of JP is of paramount concern to the Mayor and the City has supported a mix of new development and preservation projects for homeowners and renters as well as senior housing. He supports housing creation at the Blessed Sacrament site on Centre Street, ongoing planning of revitalization in the Forest Hills neighborhood and a review of traffic and public transportation patterns on Centre and South Streets.