Moving to Jamaica Plain, MA?
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Jamaica Plain, known as “JP”, is a neighborhood of Boston settled beginning around 1630. “In the 19th century, Jamaica Plain became one of the first streetcar suburbs in America and home to a significant portion of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted” Wikipedia. By the turn of the 21st century, the neighborhood had attracted a large community of college-educated professionals, political activists, and artists.
While the Greater Boston Area is estimated to have a population of about 4.8M people, the population of the City of Boston is estimated to be just under 700,000 people in 2018. Within the City of Boston, the neighborhoods live like there are their own small towns, while retaining the character of being part of the City of Boston. In the 2010 Census, the population of Jamaica Plain was 39,897. Wikipedia.
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Why do people move to Jamaica Plain? and then swear they will never leave?
Jamaica Plain has lush parks from the Emerald Necklace, to Urban Wilds, to the Tot Lot on the corner. The complete vibe of Jamaica Plain is local. Local shops, local restaurants, and an intense investment in the local community. Jamaica Plain has a reputation for being passionately involved in political progress. The arts are celebrated throughout Jamaica Plain from America’s first Community Theatre, the Footlight Club to the Artists-in-Residents and groups like the Jamaica Plain Artists Association.
From BU Today, “You won’t find chain stores here. What you will find is a community committed to the environment, fair-trade commerce, and sustainable agriculture, a place that’s hip and way left-of-center when it comes to politics.”
Jamaica Plain Municipal Resources
“JAMAICA PLAIN, One of Boston’s most diverse and happening neighborhoods.” – The City of Boston website
Important information before you arrive to avoid some large headaches on moving day. Book a moving permit for your truck, at least two weeks in advance. Know what to do with your garbage and recycling. Extremely important. Do not Storrow your truck.
Public Transportation to Jamaica Plain – The Trip Planner on the MBTA site is a great way to explore your new commute. The Orange Line and the 39 bus are both popular ways to get into Boston.
Jamaica Plain, as a neighborhood of Boston, is part of the Boston Public School system stretching across neighborhoods, and assigned by lottery. As of 2018, there are 125 public schools in the City Boston including exam schools, like Boston Latin, charter schools, and others. This article “Where Should Your Child Go to School” is an excellent survey of Jamaica Plain moms and their experiences in finding the appropriate education for their children.
“The Jamaica Plain Branch began in June, 1876, as a small Reading Room in Curtis Hall, with books supplied by the Roxbury Branch of the BPL. In September, 1877, it expanded and became the first Boston Public Library branch to purchase books from public funds. After a fire in 1908, the present building was constructed. The architecturally distinctive building features large schoolhouse windows and two fireplaces. It opened on July 24, 1911. An addition was built in 1936 and the interior was remodeled in 1963.” (from the branch website)
Jamaica Plain Main Streets
Three Square Main Street Combining the business districts of Hyde Square, Canary Square, and Jackson Square into one economic development project.
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Associations