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A Home in the Heart of the City

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When Kathleen Hirsch first moved to Jamaica Plain, an unassuming neighborhood in Boston, she was looking for a place to belong, to set down roots. Was it possible, she wondered, to find community in a contemporary city? A Home in the Heart of a City is Hirsch's exuberant and hopeful response. We follow her as she meets extraordinary individuals, including the protector of ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by North Point Press
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Ana
Nov 10, 2007 Ana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Residents of J.P.; Those interested in community
I really liked this book. I started reading because it is about my new neighborhood of Jamaica Plain and it was a really good sort of social history of the past several decades that make J.P what it is today. Nice to hear the origins of the community gardens, the Southewest corridor park, the restaurants, etc. that I see on a daily basis living here. (Thanks, Karen for the rec!) I am writing a dissertation chapter right now on "creating a sense of place"-- and it was so nice to stumble upon a ...more
Robin
I have complicated feelings about this book. On the one hand, there's nothing quite like reading a challenging, thought-provoking book about the neighborhood I love so fiercely, especially when it's written by someone who loves it as fiercely as I do. I appreciate that the author delved into all aspects of Jamaica Plain, even the nitty-gritty ones: crime, racism, gentrification. However, I can't help but notice that she apparently mentions the race of every person she encounters who isn't white ...more
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About Jamaica Plain. She likes it as much as I do.
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