Jamaicaway (also known as The
Jamaicaway) is a four-lane, undivided parkway in the Jamaica
Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts near the border of Brookline.
Jamaicaway was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as part of a
series of parks and parkways extending from downtown Boston to
Franklin Park in Roxbury.
The Jamaicaway connects the Riverway in the
north with the Arborway
in the south.
Designed with carriages
in mind during an
era when Jamaica Plain was a sparsely-inhabited streetcar suburb
, the Jamaicaway is now a
well-traveled route for motor
. 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
The winding nature of the road, and its
heavy use by commuters lead to many accidents, as evinced by the
damage done at vehicle height to many of the old trees that line
each side of the Jamaicaway.
Curley house on the Jamaicaway
Many of the houses which line the Jamaicaway are large and of
architectural interest. The oldest houses were created by elite Bostonians
for year-round or seasonal
use. The person most mentioned in association with the Jamaicaway
today is probably James Michael
, the Irish American
whose former house is easy to spot by the shamrock
design incised in its shutters.