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Revitalizing the Old and New Capital

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 11:15 PM


Jamaica is a land of many wonders - both natural and man made. However, we have taken to abusing these wonders or let them fall into a state of disrepair.

Take, for example, the old capital, Spanish Town. It has the potential to be lovely and the fact that we have let it sit and rot is a total disgrace. The old governor's mansion is in shambles, as is anywhere that is near it, including archives.

One could say that is just the Old Capital, and that we have a new capital. Well, Downtown Kingston is a mess. So many beautiful buildings left to waste away, and now Downtown looks like one big hovel.

All of the old capital and Kingston proper need sprucing up, not just to bring in tourists, but to make ourselves feel better. With Kingston being one of the first cities in the new world built on a grid, it would be criminal to let the storied capital crumble.

I am calling for a concerted effort by both the public and private sector to revitalise Spanish Town and Kingston. If this is done, I believe businesses would again flock the areas while attracting a different type of tourist, the cultural tourist.

Jamaica has a rich history but we constantly under value it. We need to take care of our enviable heritage; we need to ensure that our children can see the places that make Jamaica special and one of a kind. Let us take care of our heritage before we lose it.

Alexander Scott