Jamaican citizens call for consultations with government over planned urban developments

Do we want participatory governance, or is it just a box that our government likes to check? Do government officials even want to bother with that box marked “consultations,” at all? Citizens Rights to the City (CRC) is a grouping formed fairly recently, comprising no less than 29 already well-established citizens groups and communities in … More Jamaican citizens call for consultations with government over planned urban developments

A fire at the historic Hunts Bay Jewish Cemetery highlights negligence for Jamaica’s cultural heritage

There are some Jamaican habits and attitudes that make me very sad. I am very late in reporting this* First of all, let me tell you about the fire at Hunts Bay Cemetery, which exemplifies two aspects of Jamaican life that I find depressing. *(This summer has turned my life a little upside down, or … More A fire at the historic Hunts Bay Jewish Cemetery highlights negligence for Jamaica’s cultural heritage

Ormsby Hall, Kingston, Jamaica: the perfect place for a downtown arts centre. Sign the petition!

This is to some extent a follow up to an earlier post, in which I shared a photo from artist and sculptor Laura Facey’s current exhibition, “Laboratory of the Ticking Heart.” The exhibit is at Ormsby Hall on Victoria Avenue in downtown Kingston and is set to close on June 10. It is open from … More Ormsby Hall, Kingston, Jamaica: the perfect place for a downtown arts centre. Sign the petition!

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

WARE Collective’s Virtual Art Auction to support Jamaica’s unique architectural heritage

For me, there is a strong connection between preserving and protecting our cultural traditions and history and environmental conservation. In Jamaica, we are not very good at either. One example is the continued deterioration of the Vale Royal building in St. Andrew, which is the responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister. The late … More WARE Collective’s Virtual Art Auction to support Jamaica’s unique architectural heritage

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

It’s Heritage Week in Jamaica, But Some of our Heritage is Looking the Worse for Wear

We went for a stroll around the neighborhood this morning – but not a leisurely stroll as thunder was rumbling all around. The streets were very quiet, as today is National Heroes’ Day, a public holiday. This week is Heritage Week, when we reflect on the legacy of our National Heroes, and on our history … More It’s Heritage Week in Jamaica, But Some of our Heritage is Looking the Worse for Wear

Staying Inside

Life under COVID-19 is starting to bite. Online, we share memes and videos all day long (and half the night too – I am turning into an insomniac). We are turning to nervous eating. Comfort food continually pops up on my Twitter timeline, whether it’s hominy porridge or just a series of snacks at odd … More Staying Inside

The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Remember the “formidable team” appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and chaired by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding to assess Jamaica’s position with regard to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)? As I noted at the launch of the CARICOM Review Commission in July 2016, the eighteen-member group consisted mostly of business people with five sixths of … More The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament