Rush hour at Murray Circle on Monday, May 17, 2021.

New Murray Circle, Arborway Lane Markings Spark Anger, Delight

At evening rush hour on Monday, the cars inching into JP's busiest rotary moved slower than a woman pushing a stroller along the sidewalk. Bikes, however, zoomed through via a new bike lane.  

Arborway Cycletrack! The broken link in the Emerald Necklace bicycle network has been eliminated! @EmNecklaceBos @bostonbikeunion @MassBike @StreetsBoston @StreetsblogMASS
— Peter Cheung (@bostonaruban) May 18, 2021

Murray Circle, the rotary that links Centre Street and the Arborway, received new lane markings this week.

Still from Daniel Scarnecchia footage of Jamaica Pond

A Drone’s Eye View of Jamaica Pond

Ever wondered how those bald eagles who occasionally visit Jamaica Pond see things? Check out Daniel Scarnecchia's footage shot via drone. Jamaica Pond from Daniel Scarnecchia on Vimeo.

Still from video on Porchfest 2015.

Thousands Groove to Porchfest 2015

Music: "Nothing to Say" by Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys, "Otrov" by Boycott. Video credit: Amanda Burke

JP on Saturday welcomed thousands of revelers for performances of dance, theater and nearly 120 bands during the neighborhood's second annual Porchfest.


Casey Nachtmusik Scheduled to End on Thursday


Lullaby of Forest Hills...11PM

Posted by Rick Berlin on Monday, June 22, 2015

The current phase of noisy night work on the Casey Overpass is scheduled to be finished on Thursday. Meanwhile, if you haven't experienced the sounds, click on the Facebook video above shared by JP's Rick Berlin to hear what you're missing. See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.


Random Stilt Walker

Carlos G., recreational stilt walker, Green Street, May 20, 2015. Credit: Chris Helms

You might see former JP resident Carlos G. traversing the old neighborhood on his recreational stilts. He tells Jamaica Plain News he had to move to Dedham but gets back to JP whenever he can. Here's bonus video of Carlos in action along Green Street:

Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

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

Tag a picture on Instagram with #02130News


H.G. Wells Would Dig This Video of Casey Destruction

A local filmmaker shot this War of the Worlds-like scene of heavy equipment gnawing at the piers of the Casey Overpass. Thanks, mike g, for sharing this with Jamaica Plain News readers. The streams of water you see are required to keep down construction dust. The Department of Transportation on Monday announced this phase of night work would finish July 2. See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.


Video: House at Center of Controversy Torn Down

Forest Hills videographer Hugh Mackay witnessed the tearing down of 21 Yale Terrace, a house at the center of an epic fight between the surrounding neighborhood, Bicon Dental and City Hall. The former owner of the house claims that Bicon sent a straw buyer to purchase her home after she refused to sell it to them. The company plans to build an employee dorm and parking structure. The Gazette has followed this controversy in detail for years. Here's an April 24 Gazette story on a demolition delay won by the neighbors with backing from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Screen shot from video of last car to cross Casey Overpass

See the Last Car to Ever Cross the Casey Overpass

A black Toyota Camry was the last car to ever cross the doomed Casey Overpass. The historic moment came at 3:53 p.m. on Saturday. The flyover carried traffic from when it opened in the mid-1950s to Saturday. It is being replaced with a network of surface roads. Here's how to get through the new configuration whether you're driving, biking or walking.

Screen shot from video of City Councilor Charles Yancey speaking at a Casey Arborway meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Yancey on Casey: ‘I Have Grave Concerns About This Project’

Name-checking the successful grassroots effort that stopped the Southwest Expressway, City Councilor Charles Yancey told a sometimes raucous crowd of about 175 that he wants to make sure neighborhoods outside JP, notably Mattapan, don't suffer from ills he sees in the massive project. Yancey, who represents District Four, said he'd soon announce a date for a City Council hearing he's sponsoring for an "urgent review of the impacts" on the city's neighborhoods. Yancey was among the many voices at Thursday's construction information meeting at English High School who called the whole effort into question. Transportation officials have struggled at each of the three construction meetings this year to limit discussion to practical questions about carrying out the project. The District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203.


JP, What Matters to You?

For our second re-cap video from Thursday's "State of Our Neighborhood" forum, we spoke to Jamaica Plain residents about what else matters to them.