On February 9, 2012, we had our 2nd annual Jamaica Plain State of Our Neighborhood Forum at English High School from 6-9:30pm. Along with the elected representatives who live in JP, approximately 250 neighbors attended and over 100 stayed for break out discussion on a variety of topics.
Panel (click links to listen to the speakers):
- Intro by Juan Gonzalez and Orion Kriegman
- Teen Empowerment welcomed the crowd and introduced the evening.
- Moderator Dave Baron, Chair of the JP Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee, introduced the panel and then we heard from:
- Jeffrey Sanchez – State Representative
- Sonia Chang-Diaz – Sate Senator
- Liz Malia – Sate Representative
- Matt O’Malley – JP City Councilor
- Felix Arroyo – At-Large City Councilor
Q&A was followed by breakout groups led by neighbors on topics of interest: Jobs & Local Business, Transportation & MBTA Cuts, Moving Our Money and Investing in Boston, Affordable Housing, Urban Agriculture, Youth Issues, and Resiliency Measures.
Thanks to our Co-Sponsors: Refreshments and coffee provided courtesy of City Feed & Supply. Simultaneous Spanish Translation thanks to JPNDC. A big thanks to JP Forum, Egleston Square Main Streets, Fanklin Park Coalition, City Life/Vida Urbana, Bikes not Bombs, Spontaneous Celebrations, Beantown Society, Ula Cafe, Teen Empowerment, JP Green House, ESAC, NPAC, Jamaica Plain Gazette, JP Patch, Forest Hills Housing Cooperative, Resilience Circles, Institute for Policy Studies, JPNC, City Growers, Boston Climate Action Network. And a special thank you to David Goodman for the audio recordings.
You can see and hear more at the archive for 2011 State of Our Neighborhood Forum