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The Guide to Jamaica Plain: What Makes JP Unique

September 13, 2013
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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 Jamaica Plain: A Brief History of JP

September 13, 2013
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Once referred to as “the Eden of America,” Jamaica Plain is a unique section of the City of Boston. It was part of the Town of Roxbury until 1848. It was then part of West Roxbury, until it finally became Jamaica Plain. Legend has it that the name Jamaica Plain came from the fondness...

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Best of JP 2013 Winners

September 13, 2013
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The following are the “Best of JP 2013” as chosen by Gazette readers. In the 13th 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 often close and there were tied winners in two categories.   BEST PLACE...

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The Guide to Jamaica Plain: JP Places and Politics

September 13, 2013
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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. Sub-neighborhoods 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 Jamaica Plain: JP is Green

September 13, 2013
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Though Jamaica Plain is part of the city of Boston, the parks, urban wilds, playgrounds and community gardens, many supported by the city and state, allow an escape from an overdose of urban life. JP is bordered on three sides by green space, including several jewels of the Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law...

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Made in JP

September 13, 2013
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Made in JP

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 13, 2013

September 13, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 24 for the Sept. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events 2nd Annual Urban Agriculture Fair, games, prizes, activities, music, bees, chickens & more, Sun., Sept. 15, 10am-2pm, 12 South St....

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JP Agenda, Sept. 13, 2013

September 13, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 24 for the Sept. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, Boston City Hall, Room 801: Tues., Sept. 17, 9:30am: 105A S. Huntington Ave. (floor-area ratio, height, excessive...

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Editorial: Remembering 9/11

September 13, 2013
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If someone had said on Sept. 10, 2001, that America would be embroiled militarily in affairs in the Middle East for the next 12 years, one would have thought that person to be crazy. Indeed, no one would have dared predict such a scenario even on Sept. 12, 2001. But the tragic events of...

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Letter: The Home strongly supports 161 S. Huntington plan

September 13, 2013
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In light of the recent court ruling allowing the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s lawsuit against the Boston Residential Group’s (BRG) development of The Home for Little Wanderers’ property at 161 S. Huntington Ave. (“No bond needed for JPNC lawsuit appeal,” August 30), I would like to explain to the JP community at-large The Home’s...

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