Opinion: Jamaica Plain Doesn’t Need Any More Banks and Here’s Why

When news broke the other day that Chase Bank would be taking over one of the most prominent and vacant commercial spots on Centre Street, groans of disappointment echoed through Jamaica Plain. To be clear, this isn't about Chase Bank taking over the old Bukhara restaurant storefront at 701 Centre St. This is about any bank taking up residence on the main drag of Centre Street from the Monument to Hyde Square. There are too many banks in that stretch. Chase Bank will be the fifth bank within 100 yards of that section of Centre Street.

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Little Dipper, Brendan Behan and Main Street Volunteers Honored by Mayor

The recent extreme heat delayed Mayor Marty Walsh touring around Main Street districts highlighting local businesses and volunteers, including several of Jamaica Plain's favorite businesses. Some of the JP part of the tour was rescheduled for July 22, and some of the tour was rescheduled for this weekend. During three separate days, Mayor Walsh will visit nine different locations, honoring 20 Main Street volunteers and numerous businesses. This weekend the PikaloX restaurant and volunteer Eugenia Arroyo, will be honored as part of Egleston Square Main Streets. The Little Dipper restaurant, and volunteer Melvin Tutiven will be honored by the Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets program.

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JP Local First Hires Director of Membership and Community Outreach

The Steering Committee of JP Local First is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Director of Membership and Community Outreach, Cyd Charise Jeyes. You may have met her recently at the Local First Fair, or around the neighborhood, where she is a regular patron of many of our members. Cyd grew up in the Egleston Square area and after traveling and living away from JP for several years, moved back with her family five years ago. Cyd has a wealth of experience ranging from teaching to marketing to event production as well as being an accomplished artist. In addition to her love for the neighborhood and its diversity of locally-owned businesses, she brings Spanish proficiency to the job.

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Kiki D reaches out to a fan as she performs at the River of Life Church stage at JP Porchfest, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

180 Bands, Dancers, Storytellers, Comedians & More Performing at JP Porchfest on July 13

Pretty much, you will barely be able to move in Jamaica Plain this weekend without seeing a JP Porchfest performance! This is the 6th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, and it has never been more popular or robust: 180 bands, and artistic groups -- theater, dance, spoke word, storytelling, and comedy -- will perform on 97 porches. "JP Porchfest is almost like 100 little mini-festivals! And people have repeatedly told us that as they walk or bike around, they feel so much joy percolating in the air!" said Marie Ghitman, who co-founded the festival with Mindy Fried.

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