Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Guide to JP: What makes JP unique

September 11, 2015
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• JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the 2010 census: 54 percent white; 25 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13 percent African-American; and 4 percent Asian. JP has a large gay and lesbian population and is home to several prominent LGBT rights activists. • Once called “The Eden of America” by a visitor,...

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The Guide to JP: JP places and politics

September 11, 2015
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Just as Jamaica Plain’s population is composed of a wide range of people and groups, the Boston neighborhood is divided into various sections for different purposes. Subneighborhoods Jamaica Plain is divided into 11 major sub-neighborhoods  recognized on the Boston Redevelopment Authority zoning map and largely used by locals. Within each sub-neighborhood there are other,...

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The Guide to JP: Best of JP 2015 Winners

September 11, 2015
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The following are the “Best of JP 2015” as chosen by Gazette readers. In the 15th annual Best of JP survey, hundreds of ballots were submitted containing thousands of votes. Most categories had at least a dozen nominees. The results were closer than ever this year, and there were tied winners in several categories....

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JP Open Studios: Please touch the art!

September 11, 2015
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By Susan Duprey Special to the Gazette Jay Roberts and Richard Youngstrom are two Jamaica Plain Open Studios artists who work with glass, but in very different ways. Roberts creates slumped glass, which, although it may sound funny, is a serious process. He has been slumping glass for fifteen years. Glass is melted in...

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JP Open Studios

September 11, 2015
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The 22nd annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, returns next weekend, Sept. 19 and 20. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 40 JPOS...

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Editorial: Functioning government

September 11, 2015
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Having public meetings to discuss ideas is an integral part of a functional and healthy government. But those ideas have to bear fruit in a timely fashion for people to respect and trust their government. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation held a community meeting more than two years ago on improving access...

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Editorial: Democracy!

September 11, 2015
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Democracy was in its finest form on Sept. 8 for the City’s preliminary election. A robust 7 percent of voters turned out for two competitive City Council races out of a possible 10. City officials ensured that the election would be a raving success, selecting the day after Labor Day and the start of...

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