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I, Introduction
II. Jamaica Plain GNRP Characteristics

A. Employment

B. Population

C. Building Conditions
D.. Factors of Blight
E. Proposals

III. Real Estate Analysis

IV. Banking Trends

V. Methodological Statement

VI . Appendix










I, Introduction

The following study is a detailed analysis of the Jamaica Plain
real estate market. Completion of this study was considered necessary in
order that city planners and administrators might become better aware of
recent real estate trends in the Jamaica Plain GNRP Area.

Section II deals exclusively with the Jamaica Plain jNRP Area
in its entirety, in order that the regional trends and characteristics
can be seen in connection with surrounding environments. Consideration
has been paid to overall residential trends, and influences, whether
blighting or regenerating, which affect the area.

An analysis of real estate trends in Jamaica Plain is dealt with
in Section III, It has been our aim to supplement and substantiate our
original sales data with area characteristics from the U,S, Census of
population and housing, in order to insure the correctness of our results.

Section IV deals exclusively with banking trends, both on a sub-
area and a "type of bank" basis.

A methodological statement is included to explain in detail the
steps and procedures taken in gathering usable information and, in the
end, its final analysis.


Real Estate is a very complex and intricate study, drawn between forces
of economic and functional obsolescence. Such is the case of the Jamaica
Plain GNRP area, While facing problems of capacity in. rel ation to si te, poor
design and lack of modern facilities it also encounters changes in supply
and demand, zoning changes and misplacement of improvements.

In order to combat the process of obsolescence it has become necessary
to formulate plans on a regional basis. While permissible for homogenous
areas, such is not the case for the Jamaica Plain GNRP area. Conclusive
data nave indicated a wide range of diversity in this area which, in order
to be valid and useful, must be presented in a sub-area format,

Jamaica Plain is a separate entity within itself. As would be expected
of 3. city, this area also contains sub-areas of varying incomes ranging from
W^^^^ ■^%^\x to $105 per week, per dwelling unit. In terms more understandable, 15.0
percent of the Jamaica Plain residents gross under $3,000 per year, while
16,2 percent of the inhabitants of the area earn greater than 310,000 per
year. Interesting is the fact that percent distribution for the City of
Boston for similar income ranges is almost identical to those of the Jamaica
Plain 1NRP area.
Employment !

Employment in the Jamaica Plain GNRP area consists of a mixed labor
force of skilled and semi-skilled people. Of the 114,911 persons in the
civilian labor force, the largest group (U,692) is employed in clerical
and sales work. The order of rank for other vocations is as follows:
operatives, 3,U39; professions, technical, managerial and official 3j217|
private households, service labor, 2,9U9j craftsmen and foremen, 2,Oii9.

Population for the area dropped from UU,883 in 19^0 to lil,255 in I960,



an 8,1 percent decline, A reverse of this trend was noted in 1965 with an
increase in population to [i2,Ii30, or 2,8 p)ercent.
Building Conditions ;

Building conditions for the GNRP area show 80,ii percent of the area's
total housing units to be in sound condition. Conversely, 15,3 percent of
its housing units are deteriorating and k»3 percent are dilapidated. Owner-
occupied dwelling units comprise 26,5 percent of the GNRP area's total, while ^*OV
renter-occupied dwelling units total 69,5 percent and vacancies U,0 percent, "^^
Factors of Blight ;

Brief mention should be made of factors which directly influence the


'^ market value of homes in the Jamaica Plain ai^a.

y^ Widespread areas of deteriorated and dilapidated housing can be seen


r on either side of the Nevj Haven railroad line. Generally speaking, this ^-Oy^
■^ line could be considered the divider, with the better housing to the west -^ ^r^ N
and the poorer housing to the east,

Equally important as a factor influencing blight is the inadequacy
of the major north-south arterials serving the area, Jamaicaway, Center 'v^ /
Street, South Huntington Avenue and Washington Street all lack the necessary
attributes to serve modern traffic needs, >*


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