What’s Next for Franklin Park? Master Plan Workshop on Jan. 28

The city is leading its own 18-month process to determine how to use the $28 million earmarked to revitalize Franklin Park. The city is teaming up with landscape architects, planners, ecologists, as well as "community engagement experts" to "create a community driven master plan for an engaging and diverse Franklin Park." The team is going to look at a long list of elements to Franklin Park, including accessibility, arboriculture, ecology, equity, implementation strategy, inclusion, master plan document, soil science, urban planning, wayfinding, and more. "The team’s goal is to understand the planning efforts that have come before it, what is working and isn’t working in the park, and what the Franklin Park neighborhood wants to see in the future," says the city's Franklin Park Master Plan website. This master plan is for the city-owned portion of Franklin Park, and does not encompass the state's plan for the Shattuck Hospital site.


Rose JP Consignment Store Open on Centre Street

There's a new consignment boutique in Jamaica Plain, and you've got to check out the amazing clothing, apparel, shoes, and more that you can buy at Rose JP Consignment on Centre Street. Located at 484B Centre St., Rose JP Consignment is a sister store to Rose JP at 51 Heath St. The Heath Street store is now an outlet store, and is no longer doing consignment. Co-founder Carina Lopez's evolution to opening the two stores is an interesting tale. She first rented the Heath Street spot in March 2018, and wanted to make it into a co-working space.


Rep. Elugardo Calls for Rent Control with State Bill

Rents have skyrocketed through the years in Boston, much of Massachusetts, and across the country. Unfortunately, salaries have not kept up with rising rents, and a state bill proposed by state Rep. Nika Elugardo wants to allow local municipalities the ability to reenact rent control in the Commonwealth. A hotly contested statewide ballot question banned rent control, 51 % to 49% across Massachusetts in 1994. At the time only Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge had rent control. "The current Rent Control Prohibition Act prohibiting rent regulation 'policy is based on the belief that the public is best served by free market rental rates for residential properties,'" said Elugardo in closed door testimony on January 14 (Rep. Elugardo, D-15th Suffolk, provided her talking points to Jamaica Plain News.


Q&A: Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet, and Catch Them Live This Friday

There aren't a lot of musical groups that only have saxophonists, yet alone that utilize Jamaica Plain in their namesake. This Friday, you can hear such a group, the Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet perform live at Turtle Swamp Brewing. The musically adroit foursome are Sean Mix, Andy Wilds, Scott Chamberlin, and David Stevens. The group fielded questions from Jamaica Plain News about what they perform, whether they're all from Jamaica Plain, and more. Q: How long have you been playing together?