Rendering of finished facade of JP Branch Library, as seen from South Street

Community Meeting Set on JP Branch Library Construction, Headaches

If you live or operate a business near the heavy construction zone that is the JP Branch Library, mark your calendar. The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library is holding a community meeting Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 20 South St., which adjoins the library site. City officials plan to deliver updates on construction progress and also on the attendant traffic and parking hassles. The library, long one of the busiest in the city's library system, is finally getting a massive makeover after many years of delays.

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Jackson Square, Circa 1960

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. This nearly unrecognizable view of Jackson Square in about 1960 is from the photo collection of the Boston Public Library. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are three ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr

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Throwback Thursday: Open Mic Night at Kilgarriff’s Café, 1976

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. Yep, open mics were a thing in 1976 too. This shot is from the Boston Public Library's extensive photo collection. Spencer Grant captured this at Kilgarriff's Café, which used to be at 131 Green St., next to the T.

In addition to the BPL's colleciton, the JP Historical Society's photo archive is a neighborhood treasure. Please visit it!

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Throwback Thursday: Centre Street Teens, Circa 1971

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. This week it's a glorious slice of life on Centre Street, circa 1971, by Spencer Grant, from the Boston Public Library's Flickr collection. The firehouse in the background, as most residents know, is now JP Licks. In addition to the BPL's collection, The JP Historical Society's photo archive is a neighborhood treasure. Please visit it!

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A Wreck Under the El in Egleston (1929)

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. This week's image is from the Boston Public Library's collection of famed photographer Leslie Jones. This 1929 photo had the caption, "Auto accident at Egleston Sq. and many hurt," according to the BPL's Flickr account. Tip of the scally cap to Old School Boston Facebook page for featuring this photo, which first drew my attention to it.

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