Bulldozers tore apart Jamaica Plain and Roxbury more than four decades ago, and the wounds lingered long after the demolition crews, who had cleared away homes and businesses to make way for a highway that was never built, vanished. The city is only now erasing the scars that the failed Southwest Expressway created. This work, while a long time coming, is happening at a critical time for Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, and the city as a whole.
When developers and city and state officials gather in Jackson Square along the Roxbury-Jamaica Plain line on Tuesday, cut the ribbon on one major new housing development, and then cross Columbus Avenue to break ground on another, they’ll do more than just perform the ceremonial rituals that accompany construction in Boston. They’ll demonstrate a path forward in a city struggling under the weight of housing woes.