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My wish for Kingston

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
An October 2012 file photo showing a section of the Coronation Market in Kingston on a slow day.


I am sure most Jamaicans would like to see a capital city of which they can all be proud. As a boy growing up in the country many years ago, Kingston, or 'Town' as we called it, carried a certain magic and we envied those fortunate to spend their holidays in the bright city. Farm products from my little and other rural districts make their way to Coronation Market every week. The capital city is vital to the economic life of the country in many ways.

Like thousands of other rural folk, I found myself residing in Kingston since the year of independence and have watched the deterioration of many areas.

The population grew faster than the planners could handle, so many so-called inner-city areas sprung up. Some politicians took advantage of this, because once they control those areas they are sure of their seats in government.

The new council under the leadership of Mayor Williams has its work cut out. I am suggesting the following to be attended to immediately:

- Fix the gateways into the city. First impressions last and the eastern gateway from the airport and eastern Jamaica is unsightly. Has anyone ever seen the dump on Spanish Town Road, especially between Weymouth Drive and Six Miles? Mayor, please take a look at this place urgently.

- Address ramshackle and dangerous old buildings. Either get the owners to demolish or refurbish, or use your authority to acquire these properties. If the owners cannot be found, put the money in the bank; and if no one claims it after a reasonable period, use the money for developing the lot. These ramshackle buildings are not only physically dangerous, but act as receptacles for garbage and undesirable characters.

- Take a look at the markets. I shop at Coronation Market and it is not a pleasant experience. Whenever it rains, the market is like a badly kept pig pen with mud all over. Parking is also a big problem and this has kept many shoppers away.

In the interest of the capital city, it is high time all the elected representatives grow up and work together for the betterment of the place and bury the old infantile, political rivalry once and for all.

Trevor Samuels