City Council OKs Jamaica Plain as Home to Boston’s ‘Latin Quarter’

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Boston's City Council unanimously voted Wednesday afternoon to designate the section of Centre Street between Hyde and Jackson squares in Jamaica Plain as the city's "Latin Quarter."

Although the name of the stretch of Centre Street will not be renamed (it already bears Spanish-language "Avenida de las Americas" signs), the official designation could make the area eligible for state funds, says District 6 City Council Matt O'Malley, who represents JP and sponsored the proposal, reports Universal Hub.

The effort was spearheaded by predominantly Latino teens of the Hyde Square Task Force, a youth community development nonprofit in JP, who have been working with O’Malley on this issue for the past several months. 

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