About Us

JP Centre/South Main Streets is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to guide the growth of Jamaica Plain’s Centre and South Streets’ business district through the active collaboration of residents, business owners, and others committed to a community-led initiative. In partnership with Boston Main Streets, we provide a direct conduit to the City of Boston and can provide industry assistance to help new businesses succeed. JP Centre/South Main Streets endeavors to sustain our lively community with economic vitality, arts, and advocacy.Check In Table


To enhance and strengthen the JP Centre/South Business district to become a vibrant center of commercial and community activity for Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods.


• To strengthen existing businesses and attract new businesses
• To enhance the business mix by attracting a variety of new businesses
• To improve the appearance of the Centre/South Business district
• To strengthen the connection between the Jamaica Plain community and the Centre/South business district


Main Streets came to Boston in 1983 when Thomas M. Menino – then a city councilor – sought the assistance of the National Main Street Center for the revitalization of Roslindale. What began as an experiment became a resounding success; the initiative attracted millions in investments and new jobs.

In 1995, Mayor Menino established Boston Main Streets, a group of ten non-profit organizations set up to revitalize their city business districts. Since then, the number of Main Streets programs has grown to twenty, representing nearly every commercial neighborhood in Boston.

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Boston Main Streets districts work to provide the tools and support necessary to create, build, and sustain viable commercial districts throughout Boston. From new storefront designs and innovative marketing, to creative events that drive foot traffic and create a sense of community, Boston Main Streets districts are not only helping businesses grow – they attract new businesses and residents to their area, touting a 95% storefront occupancy rate.

The Main Streets program is successful because of the personal commitment and hands-on involvement of volunteers representing all sectors of the neighborhood. Groups such as merchants associations, property owners, neighborhood banks, service clubs, schools, churches, community development organizations, and others combine their respective insights, skills, and energies to strengthen the commercial district and build collaborative partnerships.

The Main Street Approach is centered around Transformation Strategies. A Transformation Strategy articulates a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown or commercial district’s economy. A program’s work on Transformation Strategies should be organized around the Four Points: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization.


Contact our Executive Director for opportunities to volunteer. Our success is only possible through the great work of our volunteers and volunteer board members.

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