|We almost have enough bookshelves…|
We’re still unpacking here in J.P. but the living room is taking approximate shape. And I think my biggest observation from this first week in a new location in the same city is how much one’s understanding of a big city like Boston is filtered through the situational perspective of daily activity. I mean, “duh.” But we’ve shifted three miles south of our old home in Allston and suddenly our daily routine moves from one set of neighborhoods and local businesses to another.
|Eventually, the living room will have an office space!|
My initial impression is, weirdly enough, that Boston feels a lot more like a big city living in J.P. than it did living in Allston, on the edge of Brookline. Living in Allston, most of our daily routine happened in The Fenway/Longwood/Brookline neighborhoods, and Brookline definitely feels like a self-contained village enveloped by the greater metropolitan area of Boston. Jamaica Plain, too, feels like a very distinct neighborhood — but within the city of Boston. It feels very conscious of its status as part of Boston, and I feel woven into the fabric of big city life in new ways. No longer does my evening commute cut passed Fenway Park and up Beacon Street through Coolidge Corner … now I cycle by Symphony Hall through Roxbury to Jackson Square along the reclaimed Southwest Corridor Park.
|“Kitty TV” has a new view…|
Here are some of our discoveries from week one:
- Ghazal makes (and delivers!) tasty Indian fare
- The Southwest Corridor Park offers me a safer, more peaceful bicycle commute
- Koo Koo Cafe is not a new discovery, but is now on our walk to work!
- As is Green T Coffee, on those days when our path through
- Olmstead Park is too meandering a route to Countway
- The local fabric and yarn shop, JP Knit ‘n Stitch, where we picked up fabric to recover our ageing IKEA chairs
|… and Hanna’s|
In the coming weeks, we’re looking forward to checking out:
- The Thacher Milk Delivery service we saw drive by this morning
- Jamaica Plain Historical Society’s historic walking tours on summer Saturdays
- The Boston Building Resources organization, even though we’re renters not owners
- The Allendale Farm garden center and more local Agricultural Hall for some herb & vegetable starts for our sunny balcony
Hope all of you are well! Those of you whom I owe emails, I haven’t forgotten! The moving exacerbated my tendinitis and exhausted us generally … last night I was mostly asleep by 7 o’clock. Little old lady hours. But I haven’t forgotten you!