A lost treasure

“What is a treasure that’s been lost?” was the question in the Bloganuary prompt. The image that immediately came to mind was an illustration from “Treasure Island,” by the remarkable nineteenth century traveler, thinker and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Various versions of this map include an “X marks the spot,” where the treasure is likely … More A lost treasure

Citizens’ Rights to the City: Community representatives request a meeting with Kingston’s Mayor

Parts of the city of Kingston – the once-leafy suburbs in particular – are undergoing a wave of “development.” I put this word in quotation marks because, nine times out of ten, “development” (or “investment”) is basically about making money. Nothing wrong with that, you might say – but it cannot be unchecked and unregulated; … More Citizens’ Rights to the City: Community representatives request a meeting with Kingston’s Mayor

Citizens Associations call for Moratorium on High Density Developments in Low Density Communities

It has become a nightmare in many areas of uptown Kingston. Many of our old single-family homes have been torn down, to be replaced with cold, ugly high-rise apartment blocks, squeezed into small spaces. And no. This is not just about upset, better-off citizens who are seeing their once quiet, green neighborhoods transformed almost overnight … More Citizens Associations call for Moratorium on High Density Developments in Low Density Communities

PM Holness, NEPA, KSAMC, NWA – Is Anyone Listening? Communities’ calls for Green, People-Friendly Urban Planning Go Unanswered

I wrote recently about the “uglification” of Kingston. While downtown Kingston is (thankfully) getting some of the attention it deserves, further uptown it’s a developer’s paradise, a free for all. This article from the Golden Triangle Neighbourhood Association – which represents everyone who lives, works, or does business in the area – points out that … More PM Holness, NEPA, KSAMC, NWA – Is Anyone Listening? Communities’ calls for Green, People-Friendly Urban Planning Go Unanswered

Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle

Community is still important, even in our confusing old city of Kingston. More important than ever. Kingston Creative is doing it in their own way, downtown, through the arts. Up here in Golden Triangle, we still believe in it, too. We also have many concerns (see this open letter to the Prime Minister, co-signed by … More Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle

Is This Really “Development”?

This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from a group of Neighborhood Associations in Kingston (we are residents and members of one) outlines the dilemma of long-established residential areas such as ours. It was published in the Jamaica Observer here. I also wrote about our important community planning meeting last year on my Gleaner blog page. Thanks … More Is This Really “Development”?

A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

The recent tendency to redesign the city of Kingston (especially uptown areas) for automobiles rather than people is a deeply worrying trend. I have written and spoken on this topic many times in the past year or so, as have others. The so-called “Golden Triangle” (actually, Seymour Lands) is my neck of the woods. It … More A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

Jamaica’s Garbage Issue

As I write, people are frantically cleaning up Montego Bay after devastating floods on Wednesday afternoon destroyed businesses, washed away houses, carried vendors’ wares floating downstream and turned cars upside down, flipped over by the torrent. Gullies and a river overflowed. The whole of the low-lying downtown area was flooded. Apart from the extreme weather … More Jamaica’s Garbage Issue