Over the past 60 years, waves of immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Central and South America have landed in the Hyde-Jackson neighborhood of Jamaica Plain seeking new opportunities. But over the past 25 years the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has taken the lead in a mobilization to transform this neighborhood into a bustling business and cultural district. In Boston’s Latin Quarter one finds crowded Dominican barbershops, a variety of Latin cuisine, Whole Foods, corner bodegas, and restaurants catering to the foodie demographic, while cars cruise by blasting the latest Bachata hit song. The diversity of businesses demonstrate both the Latino roots of the neighborhood as well as the more recent influx of young professionals/families, hipsters and artists. With a wide range of incomes, races and ethnicities, the Hyde Jackson neighborhood has been described as one of Boston’s most diverse communities.
In conjuction with the Hyde Square Task Force a number of buisness leaders have also supported the Green Line Extenion to Hyde Square.See Support Here
The Hyde Square initiative is gaining support and momentum especially in light of a South Huntington Avenue corridor study launched in 2013 by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston's planning agency.
Most importantly, the future is not yet written and you can help improve Boston transportation by preserving urban rail and the unique character of Boston's original 'Streetcar Suburb,' Jamaica Plain.
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