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Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain, or JP as it’s commonly called, was settled by the Puritans as a farming community in the early 1600’s. Originally part of Roxbury it was annexed to Boston in 1874. Like many of the adjoining neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain was an early streetcar suburb and still enjoys excellent rail connections via the Orange, Green, and commuter rail lines. Perhaps Boston’s ‘greenest’ neighborhood, JP is flush with parks, ponds, and walking trails. Much of Fredrick Law Olmstead’s lush Emerald Necklace can be found in JP along with Harvard University’s world-famous Arnold Arboretum. In the 19th and 20th Centuries, JP’s streams provided water for its many breweries. Today, Sam Adams Brewery calls the neighborhood home while bustling Center Street, dotted with small shops and restaurants, is the lively heart of the neighborhood.

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