Jamaica Plain For Whom?

Did you miss Thursday’s “State Of Our Neighborhood” forum? Here’s the first of two videos to give you a flavor of the fifth annual event.

Emcee Malia Lazu framed it this way: “This year the State of Our Neighborhood is asking a question: Jamaica Plain for whom? Is it us? And are we ready to fight for it?”

Other Jamaica Plain News coverage of State of Our Neighborhood 2015:

Video: JP, What Matters to You?

  • Hugo_JP

    Did she really say “restrict the market”?
    So if 20 years ago a liberal moves into a neighborhood that had experienced socio-economic decline, that’s okay. But if a liberal wants to move to a neighborhood that’s experiencing a socio-economic upturn, then that has to be stopped. Where does she come up with this logic?

    • Peppy

      I’m sure she is well-meaning, but her argument is illogical and unsustainable.

  • Terry Mason

    Sigh. The logic is–‘the market’ will not solve all of our problems, and indeed creates many of them. What does ‘liberal’ versus ‘non liberal’ have to do with it? The fact is, Jamaica Plain would not be as diverse as it is now–given how many people have been force to move due to exploding rents– if community activists and community development organizations had not worked constantly for decades to build below market rate housing. I don’t want to enter a discussion beyond making my point, as I do not think that these internet sites are a good place for community discussions and debates. Face to face is where they belong. But I want to point out that there is a logic to saying we want to restrict the housing market through creation of below market housing costs and other strategies that might be called “regulating the market.” We have learned over and over again that the ‘logic’ of our economic ideology of whoever has the money gets what they want is strongly discordant with our political and social ideology of fairness, equal opportunity for all. End of point. Don’t assume the only ‘logic’ that exists is the one you espouse.

  • FartFace

    30 years ago, in the supposed golden era of JP, it was one of the most violent zip codes in the Northeast. Too bad so many gentrifiers have moved in since them and ruined things for everyone.

  • Peppy

    So when it’s time for Laura Foner (in the video) to retire and sell her house she will have the choice to sell it for 100’s of thousands of dollars below market value to a poor family, or sell it for 10, 20, maybe 50 or a 100 times more than she paid for it. Which way do you think she, or anyone of us would go?
    She wants to restrict (her word) the market. That means someone else will choose who you can sell to, and how much you can sell it for. One way to pay for affordable housing is to tax the churches, but it’s wrong to penalize homeowners who have worked to make JP the nice place it is to live.

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