THE EDITOR, Sir:
In the report on Spanish Town, 'Encased in a time capsule' (Sunday Gleaner, October 6, 2013), one of the bureaucrats stated, "The initiative is on to restore King's House to its former glory, to encourage people to come and savour the heritage and historical richness."
It is that foolish type of talk that keeps Jamaica in the state where it is. One building will not attract heritage-loving tourists. Just ask the people who created the Marley exhibit in Trench Town how many visitors they have had over the last five years.
When I travel to colonial Williamsburg, I do so not because some new building was renovated, but because of the overall experience - the sites, the restaurants, the overall of feeling of travelling through a time capsule.
I am not unique! Tourists travel for the experience. Certain tourists prefer Europe rather than Jamaica because the experience is different.
The tourists who would visit Spanish Town would be different from those who flock to the beaches, than the ones who hike, than the ones who smoke weed. Chances are they would be older, with more wealth.
Spanish Town has a lot of potential, but it must be understood that one building will not cut it.
Yes, there is crime, but positive development is the natural crime control. I believe the way forward for Spanish Town is to think of the possibilities and impossibilities. Just think!
What if Prison Oval becomes a park, Freedom Park, and the prison itself became the National Museum of Jamaican Music and the Performing Arts?
What if Emancipation Square became a living monument with Jamaican actors doing enactments?
What if a Georgian-style building was constructed on the current campus of the Spanish Town Primary School (it would be relocated) to house the National Sports Museum & Hall of Fame?