Jamaica Plain (JP as the locals call it) is a classic streetcar suburb of Boston and was originally a summertime resort destination for Bostonians. Located southwest of Downtown Boston, JP was annexed by the City in 1874. Diversity is the lifeblood of JP. Every ethnicity, socio-economic stratum, and sexual orientation is well represented in this neighborhood nestled predominantly between Roxbury and Brookline. The bountiful diversity in JP has constructed a strong sense of social awareness and tolerance among neighbors and residents. Jamaica Plain has consistently been an important center for residential life, arts, and commerce for the City of Boston.
About the Community
Jamaica Plain residents primarily inhabit the colorful triple-decker homes lining the residential streets. The various restaurants and shops along Centre Street, one of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares, showcase the rich diversity. Some notable Jamaica Plain businesses include the Samuel Adams brewery and JP Licks. Here is also where you’ll find the jewel of JP – the 68-acre Jamaica Pond. During spring and summer, it is popular with the locals for fishing, sailing, and running along its 1.5-mile shore path. The 265-acre Arnold Arboretum, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, is a botanical oasis in the heart of the city.
Jamaica Plain is easily accessible by the Southwest Corridor, MBTA trains, and buses. The main transit hub for the area is Forest Hill Station. The Orange Line Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green St., and Forest Hills stops are all located in Jamaica Plain. The E branch of the Green Line terminates at Heath St., near the VA Hospital.