How Do You Describe Jamaica Plain to Someone Who Doesn't Know the Neighborhood?

Speaking for myself, I enjoy telling people about Jamaica Plain. What do you say when people ask about our neighborhood?

When people ask you about Jamaica Plain, what do you say?

For me, the diversity is certainly one of the first things I mention. Then probably how much green space we have. And a corollary — what a great neighborhood it is for dogs.

For people who are confused about how we're actually part of Boston, I say we are to Boston as Brooklyn is to New York City.

I'm interested to know how other JP residents describe our neighborhood to people who don't live here.

How do you describe JP to folks who've never been here?

Karla Vallance August 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Funny, just last night I was describing JP to a friend in town from Houston. I used "the most racially-mixed neighborhood in Boston, as far as I can tell;" " friendly" (I nod or say hi to virtually everyone I pass on the street and vice-versa; younger JPers acknowledge passersby less than more mature JPers); and forgive me, but I used "hipster-y," but meant it affectionately ;)
Phoenix Boulay August 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Ethnically diverse, convenient to rapid transit with beautiful parks and tree-lined streets, hip, artsy culture, conscious community, lively pub and restaurant scene, entrepreneurial businesses!
cher August 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM
home, but sadly over-priced and driving many residents out. years ago, jp may have been considered the new cambridge, perhaps less stuffy, after it was a "blood bath", as per my uncle who once owned on day st., back in the early 80"s. it is diverse culturally and sexually, but not so business wise, due to greedy landlords (how can any small business thrive, really? still tons of crime and urban decay, it's hard to justify spending 350K on a condo here (oh wait, i'm 35 and made under 20K last year as an independent contractor. oops, guess that's out) but it's less white and conservative than westie (yay!) and less mundane than rozzie. guess my $1250 run down(ramshackle, mouse ridden, paint bare) 1 bedroom apt is a steal. (no, i don't want to move to the dot, hyde park or the sticks), so i guess i'll stay. the pond is great, the proximity to the arboretum is as well, but for the love of dog, enough salons, convenience stores/bodegas/banks. and don't tell me the cost is due to proximity of the t., i abhor the orange line.
cher August 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM
and don't even get me started on the hipsters. thanks, i can no longer go to my beloved Galway House and converse with those akin to Herb Pratt (r.i.p.)... forget about finding anything nice at the thrifts... neon belongs back in the 80's, but survey says, you weren't even alive in that decade. meh.
Karla Vallance August 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Wait: you abhor the Orange Line? I am grateful every day for the Orange Line!
yogasong August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The coolest, grooviest place in Boston with a beautiful pond and other great green space. We've got fantastic restaurants, cultural diversity, arts, and it's very walks me and on both the bus and T to downtown. Love it!!
yogasong August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM
--- and it very WALKABLE (ugh - auto "correct")
frankly mr.shankly August 23, 2012 at 02:07 AM
the entire city of boston is about half the land area of brooklyn - bad comparison. JP is more like the mission district is to san fran (or - the mission in the 90s)... for my friends from Detroit - it's like ferndale, except with more lesbians and about 100x as expensive. and what's up with dissing Roslindale? Roslindale is where all the people who have been priced out of JP live.
kbkbkb September 01, 2012 at 11:38 PM
i agree. best line on the entire T. i have no idea why you'd abhor it, cheryl.
kbkbkb September 01, 2012 at 11:42 PM
yes, you can't compare a neighborhood of boston with a burrough of new york city. that's crazy. i agree with the mission for sure or like eagle rock in LA in the late 90s, perhaps. or kind of like fells point in baltimore? although it's been years since i've been there. all i know is it is hands down the best 'hood in boston - i say it all the time. my favorite thing? the large number of nonprofits headquartered here. they know where it's at. :)


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