Jamaica Plain

The annexation wave swept "JP" into Boston in the 1870s, and this classic streetcar suburb grew quickly with improved transportation access to the city. Iconic Boston "triple-deckers" sprouted up here as an inexpensive, relatively progressive way to build homes for the growing working class.

Irish and German immigrants built businesses here including beer brewing (Haffenreffer, Highland Spring, Eblana), soda making (Moxie, an early Coke competitor), and shoe manufacturing (around 1900, Queen Quality Shoe Company was the largest women’s shoe producer in the world, employing 5,000).

Today, JP is a vibrant and diverse community of professionals, political activists and artists. The elimination of mortgage redlining and the stabilization of the real estate market in the late 1970s and the redevelopment of the Southwest Corridor set the stage for gentrification that began in the 1990s and has only accelerated since.

To learn more about the JP neighborhood and its history, see http://www.jphs.org.