The Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston covers 4.4 square miles, seceding from Roxbury in 1851. The city is home to the Footlight Club, the oldest community theater in the country, and contains a large portion of the Emerald Necklace, a chain of public parks in Boston.
The city is comprised of over 37,000 residents, a large portion of which are Spanish-speaking. Jamaica Plain has become 'the' place to live in Boston. Old commercial buildings like the ABC Brewery, Jackson Square and Blessed Sacrament are being renovated into apartments and condominiums. Many artists and activists call this neighborhood home.
The portions of the Emerald Necklace that make-up Jamaica Plain lead people in the 19th century to compare the city to the Garden of Eden. The Emerald Necklace was designed by Frederick Olmsted in the mid-19th century. The city contains the parks of Olmsted, Jamaica Pond, Franklin and the Arnold Arboretum. All of the parks are connected by parkways and a visit to any one of them will make your trip to Jamaica Plain complete.
While in Jamaica Plain you will find no shortage of local shops and eateries. Locals enjoy biking, walking and running along Jamaica Pond and stopping for a drink or bite to eat at one of the renovated businesses on Hyde Square. A blend of new and old highlights this neighborhood in Boston, delighting tourists year round.