The Upper Crust condescended wonderfully to entertain the gathered masses at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

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.