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Ugly response to ugly road hogs

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM


As one who lives in the community, I wholeheartedly welcome the decision to make it more convenient for vehicular and pedestrian traffic to traverse Barbican Square.

I take issue, however, with the use of concrete and steel barriers as lane dividers as part of the improvement to the flow of traffic in the area. Several attempts to get a credible explanation from the National Works Agency for erecting these unsightly barriers in an essentially residential neighbourhood have been unsuccessful. Obviously, efficient and safe movement of traffic must be the primary project consideration. But surely, there must be room to include an aesthetic appearance to the reconfigured system.

All too often, an aesthetic element is missing from our efforts to be modern. Or worse still, we frequently submit to crude behaviour by offering crude and insensitive responses.

Jamaica already suffers badly from the uglification of the environment by our citizens. Instead of being unwitting accomplices in this degradation, the Government ought to be leading the way out of this habit by softening the edges of its reaction to it.