#AToZJamaicaChallenge: K is for Kingston


It may be an obvious choice, but how could I not pay homage to the city of Kingston, Jamaica for my letter “K”? It has been my home city for many more years than anywhere else – including London, where I was born (yes, I’m basically an urban animal).

Strictly speaking, Kingston is what we call “downtown.” The rest is the parish of St. Andrew. But for residents, Kingston is uptown plus downtown. We often call the whole thing the “corporate area” governed by the Kingston & St. Andrew Corporation – population around 600,000 as of five years ago.

Midday in Liguanea.
Midday in Liguanea.

My house sits firmly on the Liguanea Plain; the city is surrounded by the Blue Mountains, Red Hills, Stony Hill – and Long Mountain to the east, which is now somewhat developed. Kingston is becoming less green; townhouse developments are sprouting in every corner uptown. Parks are relatively few (the nicely manicured Emancipation Park in New Kingston is one, and the University of the West Indies campus remains fairly green, despite a rash of Chinese-built industrial-style buildings in recent years). The Blue Mountains are a beautiful backdrop. If you are up there at night, the city lights spread a glittering carpet below.

Evening on Kingston Harbour.
Evening on Kingston Harbour.

There is the harbor, the waterfront, and the long spit to the airport. Survivors of the 1692 Port Royal earthquake first settled on the waterfront in what was then called “Colonel Barry’s Hog Crawle.” Surveyor John Goffe drew up the plans, but it didn’t become the capital city until 1872.

Oh, did I mention? I love this city!

(All my photos)

Trench Town.
Trench Town.
Mona campus.
Mona campus.
Jewish Cemetery, Orange Street.
Jewish Cemetery, Orange Street.
Evening time, downtown.
Evening time, downtown.
Poetry jam, Bookophilia, Hope Road.
Poetry jam, Bookophilia, Hope Road.
Crossroads.
Crossroads.
Duke Street.
Duke Street.
Jacques Road.
Jacques Road.
Collie Smith Drive.
Collie Smith Drive.

 


9 thoughts on “#AToZJamaicaChallenge: K is for Kingston

    1. Thank you. The word limit is 250 words and I could have written much more, but tried to express my love for Kingston through my photographs. It’s a city with a bad reputation (unfairly, I believe – all cities have their tough and rough side) – nowhere is perfect. But it has a spirit that I love, and it is home!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I could have said much more, but yes – those adjectives you use just sum it up. You know, we had always planned to move to the country, but… I truly did not want to leave this town!

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