Is Jamaica Plain weird? Should it be kept weird? What’s weird in the first place?
If you've lived in Jamaica Plain for more than a year or two, you're probably familiar with people who have embraced JP's "weirdness." Last week, more than 150 Bostonians met to discuss the future of the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury Washington Street corridor. Lots of things were discussed, but the second most significant value that emerged from around the room was -- keep Jamaica Plain weird. To many people around the country when discussing the future of their area, keeping it weird wouldn't even be mentioned, yet alone be a very prominent guiding light. But for at least two decades (if not more), Jamaica Plain residents have embraced their weirdness.