ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition


We could also call this the “U.S. Election Edition,” since many Jamaicans have been nervously following that particular emotional rollercoaster. Why are Jamaicans so engaged? Well, as people say, “When the U.S. sneezes, we catch cold.” We are geographically so close and many of us have family there. South Florida is nicknamed “Kingston 21” – … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?


Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, we will start picking up the pieces. Tropical Storm Zeta has passed us by, but according to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, is “interacting” with a tropical wave. Sort of a double whammy, created by an intermingling of systems. There is a flash flood warning, and the rains may … More Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?

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”?

Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston


In Jamaica, we love our food. Our island cuisine is quite famous (ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken and the like). But…aren’t you a little sick of the plethora of fast food outlets, everywhere you look? There are long lines at drive-ins and certain fast food outlets are bursting with Jamaicans – many of them young … More Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston

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”

Jam Habitat’s “BRACED II” To Be Launched on January 16


The Mighty Diamonds’ song “I Need a Roof”  is a roots reggae classic, and certainly one of my all-time favorites. It’s a sweetly plaintive tune. Indeed, what could be more important for a human being than shelter from the fierce sun, uncertain wind and our heavy tropical rains? Well, it’s even more important to build resilience … More Jam Habitat’s “BRACED II” To Be Launched on January 16

In Pursuit of Good Local Governance: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell


Local Government elections will take place in Jamaica on Monday, November 28. And by the way, the first of two televised debates will take place this evening. Last week, I attended two excellent workshops for media conducted by the Electoral Office of Jamaica, in which I learned a great deal of background on our electoral … More In Pursuit of Good Local Governance: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

Climate Change in the Caribbean: Talking, Planning and What NOT to Be Doing After the Paris Agreement


Earth Day came and went very quickly. A tremendous crowd of political leaders signed the Paris Agreement, and some fifteen countries (including five Caribbean islands) have already ratified it. I understand Jamaica will be ratifying the Agreement very soon. Some cynics have observed: “Oh, Jamaica is signing yet another international agreement! What difference does it make?” or words to … More Climate Change in the Caribbean: Talking, Planning and What NOT to Be Doing After the Paris Agreement