People Before Highways

Ron Hafer, who was among the many locals who organized to stop I-95, speaks at a panel discussion hosted by the JP Historical Society in September 2014. Ron Hafer, one of many neighborhood residents involved in the fight against I-95, speaks at a Sept. 28, 2014 panel discussion at Doyle's. The meeting was hosted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Here's an edited transcript of the discussion.

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Construction of the Southwest Corridor rail lines and park in Jamaica Plain in the early 1980s. This view is looking from Everett St. towards Jamaica Plain High School. A catastrophic rain created this flood, just before the main drainage hookup was completed. Photograph courtesy of Will and Sharlene Cochrane.

Under Construction and Under Water

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, I highlight an image of old JP. This one comes from the JP Historical Society's photo archives, courtesy of Will and Sharlene Cochrane. Here's the caption from the archives:

Construction of the Southwest Corridor rail lines and park in Jamaica Plain in the early 1980s. This view is looking from Everett St. towards Jamaica Plain High School.

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Map from Aug. 11, 1969 Boston Globe showing proposed Southwest Expressway

Learn How JP Stopped I-95

Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for Thursday, Aug. 28. Walking Tour of Stony Brook: The JP Historical Society's season of free walking tours is winding to a close, with just one month of them left. On Saturday, take the Stony Brook tour, where you'll learn about how the community rose up in the 1970s to stop a highway being built right through our neighborhood.

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