Jamaica Plain, where you’re lucky to get a two-bedroom apartment for under $2,500, was once a neighborhood where homes were burned for insurance money. It was a neighborhood our state was ready to sacrifice for a highway. So when JPNDC (Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation) was founded in 1977, our priorities were bringing back jobs, turning burned-out lots into homes, and making the neighborhood livable again. Today, we face record wealth and income gaps, dramatically reduced economic mobility, and unaffordable housing. As across the country, lower-income people are on a treadmill, getting by at best rather than building security for their children.
Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley has called for a hearing to determine the feasibility of a textile recycling program in Boston. “Curbside textile recycling is another opportunity of sound environmental policy that can generate revenue for the city of Boston. The city of Boston can reduce our waste stream, greenhouse gas emissions and receive payment for the value of the material,” said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. Ever the environmental politician of Boston, O'Malley points out that 40 Massachusetts municipalities, including Brookline, Somerville and Natick have implemented curbside textile recycling. Those programs have diverted more than 2.2 million pounds from their waste stream.
Two Boston City Councilors have proposed that the city provide free menstrual products in Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Libraries, BCYF Community Centers, and in city buildings. An estimated 100 million high school students missed school because of a lack of menstrual products, according to an UNESCO report. In Boston, 78 percent of students come from low-income households and an estimated 16.5 percent of Boston's population lives in poverty. But councilors District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley are looking to make sure more people have access to menstrual products. Having access to menstrual products will help people not miss school, not miss work, and avoid any other health, social or professional challenges that result from a lack of availability.
Jamaica Plain resident Kyle Vining regularly bicycles to work from the Woodbourne neighborhood and shared his helmet cam of his riding in the Boston Bike to Work Day. Vining has been a vocal proponent for the city to improve road safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. He's documented numerous occasions of unsafe driving, including MBTA drivers riding through red lights, pedestrians almost getting hit and more. "I regularly commute year-round by bike to work in Longwood Medical Area. I enjoy commuting by bike because I enjoy the outdoors and it saves me time.
The Footlight Club's is putting on Oscar Wilde's most well-known play "The Importance of Being Earnest," and you have two more weekends to catch the show. All photos courtesy of Liz Bean for The Footlight Club. The play brought Wilde to the peak of his career, only mere months before his reputation would come crashing down, forcing the show to close out its debut only months after opening. Written in 1894 and first produced in 1895, the play is a farcical comedy set in late Victorian era London, in which the leading characters maintain fictitious personas to escape frustrating social obligations. There are four more shows: June 7, 8, 14 and 15.