Welcome to Jamaica Plain

Printed from: https://newbostonpost.com/2015/09/11/welcome-to-jamaica-plain/

(Article written by Beth Treffeisen, video produced by Tamara Starr).

Jamaica Plain, known as JP among locals, is an eclectic neighborhood located a few miles south of downtown Boston. Once known as a classic “streetcar suburb,” in recent years it was transformed into an ethnically diverse and dynamic neighborhood.

The town is home to many Latinos and young families. The blend of cultures is especially evident on Washington and Centre Streets, which have a variety of local businesses and restaurants.

A number of renovations helped create Jamaica Plain’s urban renewal, such as updated storefronts and street art to cover deteriorating walls.

Photo by Beth Treffeisen

Photo by Beth Treffeisen

JP also has many attractive Victorian houses and beautiful parks that are part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Biking, walking, and picnic areas are located around Jamaica Pond, just off Jamaica Way. This part of the neighborhood includes the Arnold Arboretum, known for its unique species of trees and lovely pathways.

Doyle’s Café on Washington Street is another notable destination. The café has a charming layout, casual dining, and rare draft beer supplied by the Samuel Adams brewery, located nearby.

Jamaica Plain is easily accessible via public transportation from downtown Boston, and is a great destination for anyone looking for an attractive neighborhood that is off the beaten path.