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The Jamaicaway is a four-lane, undivided parkway in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts near the border of Brookline. "The Jamaicaway" is most correct, although locals use "Jamaicaway" and "The Jamaicaway" interchangeably. "Jamaica Way" is incorrect. For other uses, see Parkway (disambiguation). ... Jamaica Plain, commonly known as JP, is a historic neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City 232. ...   Settled: 1638 â€“ Incorporated: 1705 Zip Code(s): 02445 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ...

The Jamaicaway snakes around Jamaica Pond and connects it with subsequent "links" in the Emerald Necklace system of green areas designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed four other Boston parkways for the same purpose: Jamaica Pond, boathouse in distance, 2005 Jamaica Pond is a small kettlehole pond at the center of Jamaica Park, part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston. ... The Emerald Necklace is a long string of parks in Boston, Massachusetts designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and maintained by the City of Boston and Town of Brookline. ... [[Imagesystem of public parks and parkways in Buffalo, New York, the countrys oldest state park, the Niagara Reservation in Niagara Falls, New York, Mount Royal Park in Montreal, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, Massachusetts, Cherokee Park (and the entire parks and parkway system) in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as...

The Jamaicaway and the Arborway connect at a large rotary near entrances to the Arnold Arboretum and a monestary of Poor Clare Nuns. It is connected to Jamaica Plain Centre by a number of perpendicular streets. Commonwealth Avenue (often abbreviated Comm Ave by locals) is a road in the city of Boston, Massachusetts beginning at the western edge of the Public Garden, and continuing west through the Back Bay, Kenmore Square, and the suburbs of Brighton and Chestnut Hill. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The Riverway ia a parkway in Boston, Massachusetts. ... It has been suggested that Cycle facilities at roundabouts be merged into this article or section. ... The Arnold Arboretum is one of the worlds finest research arboretums. ... The Order of Poor Ladies, also known as the Poor Clares, the Poor Clare Nuns, the Clarisse, or the Minoresses is a Franciscan order founded by Saint Clare of Assisi. ...

Envisioned with carriages in mind during an era when Jamaica Plain was a sparsely-inhabited suburb, the Jamaicaway is now a well-traveled route for motor vehicles. Adding to the volume of traffic is the Jamaicaway's proximity to the Longwood Medical and Academic Area and to main roads leading to Forest Hills, West Roxbury and the densely-populated suburbs of Norfolk County. Tourists in a vis-a-vis, Prague The classic definition of a carriage is a four-wheeled horse-drawn private passenger vehicle with leaf springs (elliptical springs in the 19th century) or leather strapping for suspension, whether light, smart and fast or large and comfortable. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Longwood Medical and Academic Area (also known as Longwood Medical Area, LMA, or just Longwood) is a section of Boston with a high density of hospitals, colleges, and biomedical research centers. ... Forest Hills is a part of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Originally part of the town of Roxbury, West Roxbury formed its own government in 1851 and was annexed by Boston in 1874. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ...

These factors have given the narrow, winding thoroughfare a reputation as one of the country's most dangerous and daunting roads. Note the following comments:

  • "Oncoming cars pass dangerously close to one another on the narrow, four-lane stretch. And there is no shoulder where police can safely detain speeders"[1]
  • "Very, very twisty and dangerous and not well lit at night." [2]
  • "Driving on those curvy parts of Jamaicaway always sketched me out; those lanes are narrow enough during the day when people are going the speed limit."[3]
  • "THE single most dangerous road in the U.S. complete with an unlimited number of rotaries(roundabouts), narrow narrow lanes, curbing one inch from your wheels, huge oak trees two inches from your wheels and cars going approx. 1,000 miles an hour...Some day I will have to be airlifted off of that road. And it won't be pretty."[4]

The houses which line the Jamaicaway are large and artistically-designed with many interesting architectural details. Most were created by elite Bostonians for year-round or seasonal use. Boston Brahmins, also called the First Families of Boston are a blue-blooded class of New Englanders who claim hereditary or cultural descent from the Anglo-Saxon Protestants who founded the city of Boston, Massachusetts and originally settled New England. ...

Many have been inhabited by notable historical figures or celebrities, including local professional athletes. The person most mentioned in association with the Jamaicaway is probably James Michael Curley whose former house is easy to spot by the shamrock design incised in its shudders.[5] James Michael Curley (November 20, 1874-November 12, 1958) was an American political figure who served in the United States House of Representatives, as the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, and as governor of Massachusetts. ... The Shamrock The shamrock, an unofficial symbol of Ireland and Boston, Massachusetts, is a three-leaved young white clover, sometimes (rarely nowadays) Trifolium repens (white clover, known in Irish as seamair bhán) but more usually today Trifolium dubium (lesser clover, Irish: seamair bhuí). However, other three leafed plants such...


  1. ^ "Dangerous necklace," The Boston Globe, Dec. 27, 2002
  2. ^ comments left re: accident on the Jamaicaway
  3. ^ comments left re: accident on the Jamaicaway
  4. ^ My Diaryland Diary, "Cubiclegirl", 2002-02-26]
  5. ^ O'Connor, Thomas H. Bibles, Brahmins, and Bosses: A Short History of Boston.Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 1984.


  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
  • The Emerald Necklace Conservancy



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