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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Half Marathon Means Road Closures on October 7 in Jamaica Plain

You'll want to avoid a bunch of roads on Sunday due to the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon making its way through the Emerald Necklace park system. An estimated 9,000 runners will start the 13.1-mile course at 8 am from White Stadium in Franklin Park, where the race ends, too. Roads along the route will be closed from 7:30 am to approximately 11 am. The race starts on Pierpont Road. The course heads out from Franklin Park, along New Washington Street and Forest Hills Drive, past the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond and the Arborway/Jamaicaway.

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Resident parking sign in Moss Hill

Letter to the Editor: ‘Resident-permit only signs are completely unnecessary here’

Thanks for the article on this subject [Permit Parking Comes to Moss Hill]. I am a resident here, too. I oppose the restriction on street parking. There was no street parking problem of any sort here before the signs went up and I don't see why restrictive and exclusive legislation was suddenly imposed. It seemed like one day someone was walking around with a petition, which my husband and I declined to sign, and within a few weeks the signs went up.

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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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Floor-stripping Fumes Force Evacuation of Moss Hill School

A Montessori school tucked away on the first floor of a Rockwood Street was briefly cleared of students Friday morning after fumes from chemicals being used to strip board on the second floor caused alarm. A Boston Fire spokesman posted via Twitter that crews arrived at 10:43 a.m. in response to a call about a strange odor. A solvent workers were using to peel off floor adhesive turned out to be the source. Hazardous materials experts said readings were negative. The Bilingual Montessori School of Boston, 61 Rockwood St., offers instruction in French and English.

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Tagged Parakeet Found Near Faulkner Hospital

Here's a pic of parakeet. In Boston animal control's possession now. @universalhub pic.twitter.com/iU7CnviJ1k— Tillie Jupiter (@tilliejupiter) April 19, 2015

Social media was full of parakeet sightings on Saturday. The Real Lenny reported seeing one in his backyard, behind Faulkner Hospital. @universalhub found parakeet in my back yard pic.twitter.com/nTLu67Mt81— The Real Lenny (@3lcj) April 18, 2015

Tillie Jupiter was able to get closer and actually tempt the bird inside.

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JP Votes 80 Percent For Coakley, 15 Percent for Baker

A look at the precinct-by-precinct results shows Jamaica Plain went heavier for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley than the rest of the city did. While Boston as a whole went 66 percent to 30 percent for Coakley over Governor-elect Charlie Baker, JP voters chose Coakley by an 80-15 margin. Independent Evan Falchuk made a slightly stronger showing in JP than in Boston: 3.5 percent in the neighborhood and 2.8 percent city-wide. But while JP was overwhelmingly for Coakley, there were differences among precincts. Residents of Moss Hill, with its suburban feel, also voted more like suburbanites.

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Screen shot of Google Map of Spaulding Rehab, West Roxbury

Water Main Break Forces Evacuation of Spaulding Rehab

Spaulding Rehab, just outside JP along Centre Street, was evacuated this morning after the facility lost water overnight. WCVB reports that 56 patients have been moved from the West Roxbury hospital to various other facilities, including nearby Faulkner Hospital and Hebrew Rehab. No patients were in danger. A burst pipe caused flooding in the basement which in turn forced hospital officials to shut off water, according to WHDH. If you live or commute along Centre Street to the VFW Parkway you may have seen many ambulances and emergency vehicles this morning.

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