Discuss: What is the Biggest Issue in Jamaica Plain?

(Jamaica) Plain and simple -- what is the biggest issue in Jamaica Plain? At the Wake Up the Earth Festival, Jamaica Plain News asked people to name what they think is the biggest issue in JP. And several topics continued to come up. Overwhelmingly people said either gentrification or housing affordability. Other issues were named as you can see below.

Jose Godoy, left, and Sana Hashnani enjoy the U-shaped bench at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Discuss: What is Your Favorite Thing About Jamaica Plain?

There are so many great things about Jamaica Plain -- the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, the people, the businesses -- so many things you can't put them all in an opening sentence. And at one of Jamaica Plain's best events, the Wake Up the Earth Festival, Jamaica Plain News asked people to submit what their favorite thing is about Jamaica Plain. Here are just some of the options people wrote down. What do you think? What is your favorite thing about Jamaica Plain?

CVS Drops Automated Checkouts in Jamaica Plain

The CVS stores on Centre Street recently went from automation to customer relations -- replacing the store's automated checkout kiosks back to registers manned by service clerks. This occurred at both CVS pharmacies in Jamaica Plain, at 467 and 704 Centre St. Steve Garfield pointed out the recent change via Twitter. As recently as two weeks ago the branches had three self-service checkout kiosks and two registers manned by employees. Several other Boston-area CVS branches have removed automated checkout kiosks, signaling a change from the retail pharmacy's initiative from five years ago to speed up the checkout process with the self-service kiosks.

The Upper Crust condescended wonderfully to entertain the gathered masses at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Is Jamaica Plain weird? Should it be kept weird? What’s weird in the first place?

If you've lived in Jamaica Plain for more than a year or two, you're probably familiar with people who have embraced JP's "weirdness." Last week, more than 150 Bostonians met to discuss the future of the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury Washington Street corridor. Lots of things were discussed, but the second most significant value that emerged from around the room was -- keep Jamaica Plain weird. To many people around the country when discussing the future of their area, keeping it weird wouldn't even be mentioned, yet alone be a very prominent guiding light. But for at least two decades (if not more), Jamaica Plain residents have embraced their weirdness.