I had planned to share this Letter to the Editor myself, but fellow blogger Susan Goffe beat me to it. There is a creeping tide of concrete across the island nowadays, in the name of “development” and “progress.” Well, in my view both those lovely words should really be about improving our quality of life, but it seems our planners are only planning for machines, not humans – gas-guzzling, polluting machines at that. This is not only an issue in the beauty spot of Portland, now despoiled – and other rural areas. It is happening in the city I call home. As the author of this letter, Architect Ann Hodges points out “KINGSTON HAS A CHOICE BETWEEN BEING A GREEN CITY OR A CONCRETE JUNGLE.” Well, we are not leaning towards the green option, that’s for sure.
Architect Ann Hodges has a letter in today’s Gleaner, a letter which focuses on the developments taking place on the street on which she lives – Lady Musgrave Road. In it, she expresses concerns that many people have, myself included, about the nature of some of the building that is taking place across the city. I have printed the letter in full below.
Letter of the Day – Highway or avenue?
THE EDITOR, Madam:
Why do we put so much money and effort into making roads better for cars and practically no money into making roads and sidewalks better for people?
It has become clear that we need a radically different approach to urban roads and transport. A transport system that relies on motor cars to move people through the city (good though it may be for revenue collection on import duty and fuel tax) is not sustainable.
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