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Big up Coronation Market

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2011 | 12:00 AM
A vendor weighs carrots in the new-look Coronation Market in downtown Kingston. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer


Like a phoenix, Coronation Market has risen from the ashes and reclaimed its rightful place as the fresh-food, fruit and vegetable destination for the city of Kingston.

Most times, if only we could get a glimpse of the future, our utterances would be different. I read, with interest, a lot of comments made by citizens of this country about the fire that destroyed Coronation Market, some calling it the end of one of the city's landmarks.

Today, the refurbished market is not only more spacious than before but it also boasts some sense of order that had not previously existed.

One morning, I took my usual bimonthly trek to Coronation to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. It was not the usual trip to the market, whereby you have to be very skilful to leave the market without being brushed, to say the least, by a handcart. That morning, I could concentrate on what I was buying. I didn't encounter one handcart within the confines of the market. Now, the vendors have an address where you can find them easily, and better still, stall rows have become more personalised, and relate to foodstuff, e.g., Pineapple Lane, Orange Lane, Banana Street, etc.

With this enhancement of Coronation Market, I am sure many more Jamaicans will develop a desire to do business there.

With these new amenities must come some social responsibility. The vendors, customers and other stakeholders are responsible for ensuring that order is maintained. The parish council should introduce punitive measures so that people who lack civic pride in using the market space pay dearly.

When next we see a landmark building being destroyed, let us not throw our hands up in despair but instead come up with ideas about restoration. Take your cue from 'Curry'.

I am, etc.,