Originally published in September’s Compass
A neighborhood of Boston.
Whether you have lived in the Boston area for years, or whether you’re just walking on these history filled streets for the first time, there’s much to do, and many neighborhoods to explore all around you. Fall is coming though, and it is no doubt followed by winter, so if you can appreciate wearing a single layer of clothing and the things that you can do in such while out of doors, then now is the time to act. Your opportunities are on the wane. With this in mind why not pay us a visit in Jamaica Plain?
I say us, as I’ve lived in this neighborhood on the Orange Line for years, and while we have volunteers from all over Somerville, Brookline, Cambridge, and Boston, it is Jamaica Plain that birthed the Compass and the Boston Hassle more than any other.
Grab a sandwich, or some Little Lad’s popcorn @ one of the 2 City Feed markets, or Harvest Co-op markets in JP. Then order some ice cream, made with dairy (JP Licks), or not (FoMu), to maw on while you take in the open sight lines of Jamaica Pond, or the tree filled paradise of the Arnold Arboretum, or the urban parkland of Franklin Park.
The Milky Way’s pizza, Deep Thoughts for records, Video Underground for movie rentals (?!?), the Midway and many house venues all over for shows (grab a flier, ask a weird or a punk). And movies in the woods? Or so I hear… JP. Visit, and get sucked straight into the black hole of wonderful.
– Dan Shea