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Last Piece of the Final Four Puzzle: JP vs. Union Square

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Whatta Cup! Somerville's Union Square handily ended Fenway's Cinderella run in the Curbed Boston Cup and Jamaica Plain edged out Beacon Hill to give us our second and last quarterfinal match-up. They join the South End and East Boston in the dwindling race to be the Hub's Neighborhood of the Year. Vote!

Jamaica Plain has had quite the 2013 development- and sales-wise. One nugget, courtesy of our David Bates in September: The neighborhood had only one sale in the $700K to $799K range in the first eight and a half months of 2012; through the same period in 2013, it had 13. Now, developments! There was the ribbon-cutting just recently for 225 Centre Street, the first piece in the 14-property Jackson Square puzzle. There was also the ruthlessly transit-friendly Commons at Forest Hills (rendered), which will add hundreds of apartments to an area already seeing a fair amount of residential development. And there was, of course, all the rigamarole on South Huntington Avenue, some of which carried over from 2012. Remember that year?

Somerville's Union Square area is poised to benefit immensely from SomerVision, which took sharper shape as 2013 dawned. Don't know about SomerVision? Wish you had SomerVision? Check out SomerVision: the city's 20-year master plan for more than 6,000 housing units as well as new parkland and attendant retail, all predicated on the long-hoped-for/finally-happening extension of the Green Line all the way to Medford. The extension's first leg, from Lechmere to Union Square (future station rendered above) should, in fact, open within the next 36 months (feels so much more optimistic to type "36 months" rather than "by 2017"). Get into Union Square while you can!

Poll results

· 2013 a Busy Year for Hub's High Price Points [Curbed Boston]
· Jackson Square Mega-Redo About So Much More Than Housing [Curbed Boston]
· Take the Orange Line to the Commons at Forest Hills [Curbed Boston]
· South Huntington Ave. Readies for Another Round [Curbed Boston]
· SomerVision Sees 6,000 New Homes, Lots of Green Line Riders [Curbed Boston]
· The Green Line Extension Is Really Happening [Curbed Boston]

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