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Guard against IDB building

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 11:04 PMHugh M. Dunbar

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is good to see that at least other citizens besides architects are astute enough to recognise the need for rules and our long-awaited National Spatial Plan.

Clearly, the intentions of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in helping the development of Jamaica by constructing this building in the heart of this residential area for the government are to be commended. However, if we had a comprehensive, or perhaps, logical and sensible planning department overseeing the development of lands across little Jamaica, the IDB would not be now put in this position of having to question how it is that its money is adding to the chaotic, haphazard development of the little island of Jamaica.

As an architect, I am grateful for citizens like Mr Townsend, who saw that commercial buildings should not be built in the middle of residential neighbourhoods. The residents of Wellington Terrace found that out when the Firearm Licensing Authority was parked on their residential street, causing them untold grief in traffic and access to their properties that they are paying taxes for to boot.

It appears to me that the only thing worse than the lessons missed since our so-called emancipation from slavery is the foolishness being carried on under the guise of 'Jamaican Government'.

Our politicians have no clue of how we got here and even less about how to deal with it. It is apparent that they haven't read much about the matters that brought about the creation of the Caribbean, and how most of us came to be here. Yet we continue to let them make a mockery of sense and us and our sacrifices.

I recall, as a child more than 40 years ago, being told that we had to tighten belts, and we couldn't do this or that because the country needed us to stick with our plan. It turns out that we still have to tighten our belts from losing weight in the never-ending struggle called living in Jamaica, while the politicians belt is tightening because they are getting so fat so quick.

Thank you, Mr Townsend. It is good to know that the citizens of Jamaica have a voice as well, since those who may know better don't seem to want to make the point, or care.

HUGH M. DUNBAR

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