Danielle Sommer, shown with her 3-year-old son, attended a March 5 community workshop for the BRA’s JP/Rox planning process. She is concerned about rising housing prices pushing out longtime Jamaica Plain residents.
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Infrastructure seen lacking in planning area
The BRA’s Plan: JP/Rox process has involved an unprecedented degree of community participation and inter-agency cooperation, by many accounts, yet has left some JP/Rox community members, including those on the appointed advisory group for the plan, feeling nervous and not fully heard or empowered. Worries abound, from loss of JP’s neighborhood character, to lack of affordability and displacement of existing residents, to a feeling of the processed being rushed or not fully thought out.