Tue., May 10th
Whole Foods in Jamaica Plain
The issues at play in Hyde Square are similar to those in other communities where Whole Foods has opened stores: gentrification, rising rent and home prices, displacement of longtime residents, the threat to small businesses, and a loss of local flavor. Meanwhile, Whole Foods has begun construction on their new building, has hired up worrkers, and is eyeing an opening day of sometime this Fall. We'll hear all sides of this discussion.
Senator Sonia Chang-DÍaz, representing the second senate district in Suffolk County, which includes Jamaica Plain. You can read her open letter to Whole Foods here.
Councilor Matt O'Malley, representing city council district six, which includes West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.
Martha Rodriguez, longtime resident of Jamaica Plain and a spokesperson for Whose Foods, Whose Community?