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Revive waterfront with construction boom

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I believe that the Government should spearhead the construction of houses (mainly high-rise buildings) in Jamaica.

Mr Prime Minister, concerning the downtown Kingston waterfront, you should focus on proper housing solutions for nearby communities. You can't have beautiful, modern buildings aimed at attracting tourists and serious investors to a waterfront that has derelict buildings, sidewalk vending, and ghettos all around. It is like building a five-star hotel in city dump or in a war zone.

I am not saying that everyone in the communities downtown area is violent and criminalised or garbage, but the communities in which they live do not look safe and inviting.




Mr Prime Minister, if the National Housing Trust (NHT) has tens of billions of dollars sitting on, why not spend it on building projects that will provide jobs and make Jamaica much more attractive. It is senseless having billions laid aside doing nothing and benefiting no one. Or to use it in the country's debt management.

It is evident that Jamaica, when under the PNP leadership of Percival J. Patterson and the then minister of finance, had nose-dived. Look at the statistics. The economy stopped growing and the people of Jamaica, and even those in government, became hustlers' rather than industrious and productive individuals.

Educated citizens had to be sitting at home or doing menial jobs or leaving for other countries. The PNP did a terrible job at governance.

The people and skills are here, Mr Prime Minister. We, the people of Jamaica, just need the opportunity and a government with the political will to break down the barriers and open the doors for us to accomplish this.