‘Jamaica Plain Through Time’ Takes Readers on Historical Tour of Neighborhood

Historian Anthony Sammarco's newest book Jamaica Plain Through Time chronicles the neighborhood from the late 19th century through to the 21st century. The following is from Sammarco's book with contemporary photographs by Peter B. Kingman. Known in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as the Jamaica End of Roxbury, the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, evolved from agrarian farmland for over 200 years into one of the more dynamic and inclusive neighborhoods of twenty-first century Boston. Jamaica Plain became one of the earliest streetcar suburbs of Boston with various forms of transportation linking it to downtown Boston. With horse drawn streetcars, the Boston & Providence Railroad as well as the Boston Elevated Railway, by the turn of the twentieth century, the ease of transportation allowed a thriving nexus of cultures to move to a community that not only saw tremendous residential and commercial development, especially with the numerous breweries along the Stony Brook, but also green space and open lands that were laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted as a part of the "Emerald Necklace" of Boston.

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Faulkner Hospital Proposes 5-Story, 98,000 Sq. Ft. Inpatient Addition; Public Meeting on Aug. 14

A public meeting is being held on Aug. 14 to discuss Faulkner Hospital's proposal to build a 5-story addition to its current structure. This meeting will be the first time the Faulkner Hospital team will publicly present the institution's proposed plan. Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) proposal is for a 5-story, approximately 98,000 sq. ft inpatient addition adjacent to and south of the hospital's main entrance, according to the Boston Development & Planning Agency (BPDA).

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Faulkner Hospital Workers Vote to Unionize

Five hundred service workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain voted to unionize this past week, reports the Boston Business Journal. The vote brings administrative, housekeeping, medical interpreters and food service workers into the health care union, which had worked since early this year to bring Faulkner Hospital employees into its chapter. Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, said in a press release that he wanted to "ensure good jobs, fair wages and respect" for the new workers, but could not say when a contract might be negotiated. Hospital official agreed not to block the workers' vote, but have said that it didn't seem necessary given that wages and benefits had already improved for the past several years. For more on the unionization vote, visit the Boston Business Journal.

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Faulkner Hospital Workers May Seek to Unionize

An estimated 500 workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain will be taking a vote on whether to unionize, reports the Boston Business Journal. Union officials say the group has 75 days from Jan. 30 to complete organizing work and talk with support staff before the vote. The vote would affect support staff such as those in administrative services, housekeeping and food service. Per the BBJ:
The decision comes nearly a year after parent organization Partners HealthCare signed an agreement with 1199SEIU to unionize some Partners hospitals.

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Resident parking sign in Moss Hill

Permit Parking Comes to Moss Hill

“Resident Permit Parking Only” signs have come to Moss Hill, where every house has a driveway and almost every driveway leads to a garage. Resident Lois Tow said that some of her neighbors were unhappy when visitors to the Faulkner Hospital parked on the neighborhood streets. Also, streets near the Manning School get crowded when parents drop off their kids and pick them up. As Tow tells the story, someone came around with a petition, and the signs went up. Tow said that her landscapers got a ticket and that an acquaintance who lives in Roxbury had trouble finding a parking place to attend an event at her child’s school.

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