Welcome to the Jamaica Plain report card! JP (as residents like to call this neighborhood) has a nice mix of diverse community members including Latinos, young working families, senior citizens, and LGBTQ members. While there are several distinct tight-knit micro communities with the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, the strong sense of civic responsibility and community these values carry over on a macro level.
The sundry of people who live here also make for an amazing dinning and shopping experience. Centre Street is lined with small mom-and-pop shops and restaurants, celebrating the ethnic flair of the neighborhood. For those who appreciate the outdoors—in particular, biking–Jamaica Plain also hosts a large chunk of Southwest Corridor Park, which stretches from the South End to the Forest Hills community in JP. The Southwest Corridor Park is a green open space with both bike and walking paths, basketball courts, tennis courts, hockey rinks, and amphitheaters.
While this lush green space is a welcomed oasis for the community, it is built atop a very active rail line, which is utilized by the MBTA’s orange and commuter rail lines as well as Amtrak. The low frequency sound emanating from the trains can be felt a far distance from the source and causes disruption to many of the residents’ peaceful soundscapes. Many residents also feel that loud music from neighbors and the construction stemming from the Forest Hills area reconstruction also negatively contribute to the ambient soundscape.
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