My Ten Favorite Streets to Walk in Jamaica Plain

Alex Cox recently accomplished an amazing feat -- he walked every single street in Boston.  

Cox is currently a Master in Urban Planning candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He recently achieved his long-term goal to visit every street in Boston by foot or by bike, and holds the Guinness World Record for fastest time to travel to every MBTA station. A long-time resident of the Fenway-Kenmore area, he now lives in Somerville. Here are his 10 favorite streets to walk in Jamaica Plain:

Jamaica Plain has always held a special place in my heart, because it was the first neighborhood of Boston that I ever lived in.

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State Police Say Moped Operator Who Died in Forest Hills Accident Caused Crash

Massachusetts State Police believe that the driver of a moped who died in an accident on March 12 by Forest Hills was responsible for the crash. State Police say that Joseph Pielmeier, 30, was not wearing a helmet around 6:45 pm at night, drove through a red light at the intersection of South Street and Arborway, and struck the side of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan that had the green light, according the Massachusetts State Police. Pielmeier was thrown from his vehicle and struck the pavement. He was transported to Brigham & Women's Hospital and was pronounced dead on March 14, according to police. Police said Pielmeier had home addresses in Virginia, Boston, and Somerville.

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How to Create a New School 101: The Croft School is Opening Its Doors This Fall in JP

It's not every day, or year, that a new elementary school is created in Jamaica Plain. Public, private, charter, Montessori, Catholic -- the birth of a new learning institution is quite an ordeal. Come this fall, the Croft School will be opening its doors in Forest Hills. The Croft School is co-founded by Scott Given, who previously founded and was the CEO of the UP Education Network, and Jamaica Plain resident Cristina Smith, who moved to the area in 2017 after working at elementary schools in California. The Croft School is opening at 3815 Washington St., which was previously home to the Harvest Co-op.

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Photos: Parkman Playground Debuts with Splash Pad, Mini Hoop Area, Picnic Shelter and More

There's no way the Francis Parkman Playground looked like this back in 1924 when it first opened. The city recently finished a $1.7 million renovation of the playground on Wachusett Street, and it's got some pretty darn cool features like a splash pad with a runnel, an adult size basketball court and a mini-basketball hoop for the little ones (please bigger kids, don't hang on the rim), and an embankment slide. The new playground has an inclusive play structure and springers for children ages 2 to 5, and a large inclusive climbing structure for ages 5 to 12. There's also a shaded and covered picnic shelter, a water fountain with a drinking bottle refiller, an exercise station, as well new seats and benches, LED lighting, trees, plantings, and a dish swing. The city will be celebrating the reopening of the playground on Aug.

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