JP History: This Week in JP History

July 19, 2013
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The following are the Gazette’s top headlines from this week in Jamaica Plain history:

5 Years Ago: 2008

“State puts up $3.1m for [Jackson Square] basics”

State funding kickstarted construction on the massive redevelopment of 11 acres of land in Jackson Square, a multi-building project that is still underway.

10 Years Ago: 2003

“Crowd supports Arborway Yard talks”

A proposal for a new MBTA Arborway bus yard in Forest Hills drew 75 people to a community meeting, many of them concerned with a plan to have a driveway directly on the Arborway, a historic parkway. The driveway plan was altered, but the facility’s construction remains unfunded today.

15 Years Ago: 1998

“A Rink in Time”

A new location for a “temporary” Kelly Rink ice-skating facility was found near the Stony Brook T Station. The state shut down its previous full-sized Kelly Rink in Olmsted Park at Bynner Street and the Jamaicaway years before. The “temporary” rink remains in operation 15 years later, with a permanent replacement slated as part of the ongoing Jackson Square redevelopment.

20 Years Ago: 1993

“Evidence shows change for the better at local courthouse”

A year after the Gazette found poor working conditions at the West Roxbury District Court on the Arborway in Forest Hills, the situation had improved with building renovations, staff raises and a judge who began attending community meetings.

Compiled by John Ruch