Benedict Cumberbatch eat your heart out. #bostonsnow
“Here in JP”
By Krissy Skare, Michael Glashow and Joel Sindelar
They say that the water’s cleaner in any suburban lake
You dream about movin’ out there, but that is a big mistake
Just look at the town around you, Southwest on the Corridor
The greenways and parks surround you, what more are you looking for? Here in JP, here in JP, Our plant museum—the Arboretum’s—bursting with trees!
Out in the ’burbs they slave away and take commuter trains all day, While we be likin’ all of our bikin’
Here in JP! T
he pond is the place to go to if you want a nice, long walk
Pretend you’re a fancy captain and rent a boat from the dock Spontaneous hosts a party: each year we all dance and play
Make lanterns so nice and arty—watch out as you cross J’way!
Here in JP, here in JP
You can dress weird here, and grow a beard here, take it from me!
We got a bunch of hangout spots and for the kids we got tot lots!
We got no trouble, live in a bubble Here in JP!
We ride the T Jackson to Forest, Sam Adams tourists take the trolley! Whether the bridge should go or stay, here in JP you’ll have your say
All things that matter generate chatter
Here in JP!
Go visit the vet or read the Gazette
If you want to cook, or borrow a book, Walk down Centre Street and you’re bound to meet A pal—maybe two or three! (Yeah)
Shop at Kitchenwitch and then Knit n’ Stitch
Eat at Wonder Spice, or Ban Chiang is nice Get your sugar fix down at JP Licks,
Then tix for the Footlight Club!
Here in JP, here in JP Wake Up the Earth here, have a home birth here, naturally!
What do they got—a lot of land; we got a hot SingPositive band!
So many bak’ries feed us their pastries—Here in JP!
Join a committee, make your street pretty—Here in JP!
We got two rotaries and several groc’ries,
Stake out your part in community garden, Neighborhood listservs, so many hipsters
Here in JP!"
JAMAICA PLAIN There’s nothing ordinary about Jamaica Plain, or JP as it’s called, a dynamic Boston neighborhood located southwest of downtown. The commercial district, along Centre and South streets, reflects Jamaica Plainâs eclectic community of artists, writers, musicians, activists, young families, and indie-business owners. Fine dining and casual restaurants serve foods of Cuba, Scotland, India, Lebanon, Cambodia, Japan, and other international fare. Boutiques sell everything from kitchen gadgets to funky vintage attire to one-of-a-kind artisan crafts.
My home. The last sentence reads: “It’s challenging to experience all that Jamaica Plain has to offer in one visit or even two. It’s a neighborhood made to return to again and again.” I’ve lived here for nearly 7 years and haven’t been to all the places mentioned.
2013 Year in Review: Memorable Events
I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year. My…
Beer: Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: In a small tulip-glass, this beer pours out inky black with a tan finger-width head. The aroma is suitably Christmas-y with bread, ginger, and…
This weekend I will be riding in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon with my 18-month daughter Kay as my co-pilot.
Bikes Not Bombs is one of my favorite charitable social justice organization because it uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. This includes shipping restored bikes to International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean where sustainable transportation is vital for economic development. Closer to home, Youth Programs in the Boston area teach bicycle safety and mechanical skills to local teens building self-confidence and personal responsibility. Please make a donation to help the world-changing activities of Bikes Not Bombs. Better yet, come join us for the ride and/or for the post-ride festival at Stony Brook.
Join SINGPOSITIVE, JP!as we present our Spring Concert
"AWAKE, MY SOUL"Celebrate spring, change, growth, and rebirthwith JP’s biggest intergenerational chorus and bandSUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013, 4PMSt. John’s Episcopal Church (1 Roanoke Ave.)Songs from Mumford & Sons, Michael Jackson, The Muppets,James Taylor, “Hair,” Peter, Paul and Mary, and moreTickets: $10/adults, $5/kids ages 2-16Learn more about us at www.SingPositive.orgVisit our Facebook event!
Part of a brilliant blog post by a Jamaica Plain resident on the history of the Arborway in Forest Hills and a bright vision of the future.
Deadline to write MassDOT w/ your support for Casey Arborway at grade road in Forest Hills, Jamaica Plain is Mar. 13. Check out my blog post on why auto-centric highways (elevated or otherwise) are bad for the urban environment and what we can build in its place. Then, please write a letter of support for the at-grade project and your ideas for design to:
Thomas F. Broderick,
P.E., Chief Engineer,
10 Park Plaza,
Boston, MA 02116,
Attention.: Paul King, Project File No. 605511
firstname.lastname@example.org (include the above address information in the email)
Such submissions will also be accepted at the meeting. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public meeting transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Information Meeting. Project inquiries may be emailed to:
Still, the potential for thriving redevelopment is vividly apparent in Forest Hills, and in many other areas around transit stations — and together, these sites will hold the key to providing something Eastern Massachusetts desperately needs to make itself more welcoming: reasonably priced, transit-friendly housing that will attract newcomers to the Boston area.
All too often, the state’s out-of-control housing prices prevent that from happening now. The Boston region has the nation’s third-highest rental prices, trailing only San Francisco and New York; the region also has extremely low vacancy rates for both renters and buyers. This paucity of housing scares away businesses and potential residents. There is no starker illustration of these woes than the thousands who graduate from Boston-area universities every year and immediately leave to start their careers and families elsewhere — an exodus that takes a continuing toll on the city’s vitality.
Massachusetts has at least promoted the construction of housing whose costs is artificially kept down through deed restrictions, subsidies, and other means. But these measures aren’t necessarily helpful to younger workers who earn just a little too much to qualify for affordable-housing programs. What the region needs — and what Boston and other dense local communities should promote — are moderately priced market-rate units in emerging neighborhoods with good transit access and the potential to develop appealing urban amenities.
Great article on development in my neighborhood. I’m excited about what’s in store for the future (if we can keep the NIMBY’s at bay).