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Barbican roadworks bereft of beauty

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM


The current road renovation and improvement works in Barbican Square and Constant Spring Road are progressive steps. However, it is a regressive step to place unattractive concrete barriers between newly expanded and constructed roads, as has taken place in Barbican.

Why not construct concrete planters to act as barriers, instead, wherein, beautiful flora and fauna could be placed, which would serve a dual purpose - to prevent motor vehicles from entering the other side of the road; to add more beauty to that part of the city. Kingston has, over time, become too much of a concrete jungle.

Far more green spaces and spaces to accommodate flowers, plants and trees, on public roads and throughout the city, are badly needed, to soften the hard look of all the asphalt roads and concrete buildings that reside throughout Kingston.

Bigger and better roads are needed, undoubtedly. However, in addition to efficiency, a city's aesthetic appeal is, equally, as important.