PHOTOS: Whole Foods Signs Go Up

Whole Foods Market has erected signs at their new Hyde Square store. The grocer has said it aims for a late fall opening.

Whole Foods signs are now up at the site of the grocer's new Jamaica Plain store. The grocery store has said it aims for a late fall opening.

While many JP residents say they are thrilled at the store coming to the neighborhood, other residents have opposed the store, saying it will worsen what they say are negative effects of gentrification.

The store is replacing the former , which catered to the Caribbean and Latin communities.

For complete JP Patch coverage of this issue, please see our Whole Foods topic page.

Kathy G October 08, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Welcome Whole Foods!
gretchen van ness October 09, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Just walked down Perkins and see that the mural on the back of the building is being restored. Chris, can you find out who the artist/preservationist is who is doing this work and tell us how it's being done? It looks beautiful!
Chris Helms (Editor) October 09, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Hey Gretchen, that mural has been restored at least one before, I think. I'll look into it...
Pat Roberts October 10, 2011 at 01:48 PM
I want the mural to be replaced by one of redwood trees. That's where I'm from, and redwoods are extremely beautiful. I've lived here a long time, too, and worked a lot in the community, and I think it's time my heritage was represented in a public way in JP. All overstatement aside, I think it would be better if the store were painted with no murals. Who makes the decision about which little sub-population of JP gets represented by a mural on a store? I think doing this adds to divisiveness, and emphasizes the differences between us, instead of encouraging us to all live together here as JP residents. Of course, we all originally have come from someplace else. But we or our forebears made the decision to come here, and we should be trying to create a community here, finding our common ground, instead of clinging to our origins.
James LaFond-Lewis October 10, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Hi Pat, I respectfully disagree. Chinatown and the North End are fine examples of how immigrant cultures can enrich us all. I think JP would do well to promote its immigrant's cultures as long as they are not made into reasons to exclude people. I love being welcomed into someone's culture. I also believe that we should be building a common culture, but those common principals are better expressed in more abstract ideals like honesty, justice, respect, inclusion and trust.
Maura October 10, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I would like even more murals in JP. And myabe one of them could be of redwoods. Or german mountains. Or the blue hills even! Or something abstract. I like the color and vibrancy they bring to an otherwise plain expanse of wall. Not everyone is a baseball fan, and we do have the honor of being home to the biggest collapse in baseball history, but nonetheless I still like the "Reverse the Curse" mural across from Fallon Field in Roslindale. Something for everyone.
Maura October 10, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Regarding murals in general...if you are a fan, please write or call the mayor's office to let them know. I take them for granted. The Mayor's Mural Crew has had some budget cuts and are feeling the pain. If you support the Crew, let the Mayor know.
gretchen van ness October 10, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Kudos to Maura for the great photos she took and posted on the facebook page for JP For All, along with the story on what's happening with the mural. Here is an example of Whole Foods working quietly and effectively with the city -- unfortunately, so quietly that no one knows about it. And we should.
Pat Roberts October 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM
James: Chinatown is mostly populated by Asians. The North End used to be mostly populated by Italians. Hyde Square is not like that. It has a lot of different populations, not just Hispanics. A few years ago, Felix Arroyo, Sr. started calling Hyde Square the Latin Quarter, probably to get more votes. (It wasn't true then, either.) There are many people who have lived here a long time, who aren't Hispanic, who have worked hard to make Hyde Square a good and safe place to live. To pretend that history hasn't happened, that this is really a Hispanic neighborhood that the rest of us just happen to live in, is not helpful. Given the very diverse population of Hyde Square (diverse means lots of different people from lots of different places), it seems more productive, and something that would promote greater harmony, to skip the murals that celebrate just one of the many cultures that we can find here in Hyde Square.
Chris Helms (Editor) October 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Editor's note: I just deleted an otherwise innocuous comment because the person was using an alias. I'd reached out to the person last week to please change from the alias.
James LaFond-Lewis October 11, 2011 at 04:57 PM
According to Wikipedia, Chinatown was "first settled by Anglo-Bostonians," then...Irish, Jewish, Italian, Syrian, and Chinese immigrants." And as for the North End. "Successive waves of immigrants came to Boston and settled in the neighborhood, beginning with the Irish and continuing with German and Russian Jews and Italians." Why shouldn't Jamaica Plain, in its accepting entirety be proud to showcase its Latino population wherever it asserts itself in a healthy way, like a mural?
James LaFond-Lewis October 11, 2011 at 05:32 PM
I should add that Wikipedia quotes Anthony Sammarco, author of several Boston neighborhood histories, including "Boston's North End (Then and Now)" and more than one on JP. I should have gone right to the source in the first place.
Chou October 13, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Yes indeed! A big huge welcome to the JP Whole Foods Market. Very excited and hoping it will be the same type of Whole Foods we have been used to across the country.
Derryl October 13, 2011 at 05:50 PM
How thrilling that after so many years of tough maneuvering on an icy sidewalk below the mural due to poor drainage, there is hope! There is drainage digging going on now. We may be able to walk down the Perkins Street sidewalk this winter and not fear a broken leg.


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