My Ten Favorite Streets to Walk in Jamaica Plain

Alex Cox recently accomplished an amazing feat -- he walked every single street in Boston.  

Cox is currently a Master in Urban Planning candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He recently achieved his long-term goal to visit every street in Boston by foot or by bike, and holds the Guinness World Record for fastest time to travel to every MBTA station. A long-time resident of the Fenway-Kenmore area, he now lives in Somerville. Here are his 10 favorite streets to walk in Jamaica Plain:

Jamaica Plain has always held a special place in my heart, because it was the first neighborhood of Boston that I ever lived in.


12 Businesses Participating in South Street Fair on May 8

A dozen local businesses will be participating in the inaugural South Street Fair on May 8. The fair will be outside at the South Street Mall and tennis/pickleball/basketball courts at the corner of Carolina Avenue and South Street. Local musicians will be playing atop the roof of the Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, where the business has operated for 39 years. Corey Stallings, Program Director at South Street Youth Center and a real estate agent for participating business Sazama Real Estate, will host basketball shootouts and other games for kids during the event. Participating businesses include:

Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
Sazama Real Estate
Fiore’s Bakery
Miss Laura’s
Papercuts JP
Fresh Copy
FOCUS Real Estate
40 South
Monumental Market
Polkadog Bakery
McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate

Sazama and Ferris hope to start a new tradition on their block – “more like a block party than a huge festival,” Jeffrey Ferris explained.


Jamaica Plain Scientist at Forefront of Osteoporosis Research Shares Tips for Prevention

May is National Osteoporosis Month, a time to think about preventing an often-overlooked disease that causes bone to become more fragile and more susceptible to fractures. Each year, Americans suffer 1.5 million fractures due to osteoporosis. Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Sarah Berry, Associate Director at the Musculoskeletal Research Center and Associate Scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Roslindale, is at the forefront of osteoporosis research. She shared information on osteoporosis and offered prevention tips. Q: What is something that might surprise the public about osteoporosis?


Jamaica Plain’s Lydon Serving as Interim Commissioner of Inspectional Services Department

Jamaica Plain resident Sean Lydon was recently named as the Interim Commissioner of the Inspectional Services Department (ISD). Lydon has worked for the city of Boston for 25 years, and most recently served as Deputy Building Commissioner of the Inspectional Services Building Division, where he managed more than 50 staff members, according to a press release. Lydon previously worked as a building inspector where he was charged with enforcing building and zoning codes. ISD administers and enforces building, housing, health, sanitation and safety regulations mandated by city and state governments. Inspectional Services is made up of five regulatory divisions charged with serving the public by protecting the health, safety and environmental stability of Boston's business and residential communities.


State Nixed Proposed JP Dog Park Due to ‘Limited Favorability’

In 2018, the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation announced that a site by Oakdale Street on the Southwest Corridor Park was selected to become a dog park. That proposal never came to fruition, and it doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. The Oakdale Street site was chosen after public meetings and the discussion of three proposed sites. At the time there seemed to be overwhelming support for a dog park in Jamaica Plain. Fast forward to 2020 and DCR got a new commissioner with Jim Montgomery, who performed a review and evaluation of many projects.