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Duane C.E Smith | Developing a sustainable future: Building a better Kingston

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Duane C.E Smith | Developing a sustainable future: Building a better Kingston

The realisation of much of it has been torn from our grasp following years of partisan politics and wanton criminality. We have watched communities being built in areas that should have long been established as no-build zones and many have sought to keep their supporters in their areas.

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Entire communities now sit on the fringes of dumps and landfills, riverbanks and riverbeds, gullies and floodplains. Beachfront penitentiaries and acres of waterfront property are left underdeveloped and dilapidated. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, developers and homeowners wage in clash of suits as high-rises and town houses expand across the city

Political representation in Jamaica has always been an interesting mix of personalities and experiences. Within Kingston, the contrast is even more evident, given the juxtaposition of several low-income and middle-income communities.

My father would often tell me as a child of the vision that former Prime Minister Edward Seaga had for Kingston and I would marvel at the planning and ambitions of the man. While his political opponents were arguably his equal in gab and theatrics, the man stood shoulders above them all with respect to his adroitness for institutionalism.

The realisation of much of it has been torn from our grasp following years of partisan politics and wanton criminality. We have watched communities being built in areas that should have long been established as no-build zones and many have sought to keep their supporters in their areas.

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Entire communities now sit on the fringes of dumps and landfills, riverbanks and riverbeds, gullies and floodplains. Beachfront penitentiaries and acres of waterfront property are left underdeveloped and dilapidated. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, developers and homeowners wage in clash of suits as high-rises and town houses expand across the city.

We have the opportunity now to resurrect the ideals of a sustainable capital, but for that to happen some tough choices will have to be made by both the haves and the have-nots.

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