If you go Downtown, Kingston today and look around; slowly but surely you can see businesses opening up, new paint refreshing old buildings and others being snapped up for redevelopment.
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Thinking back, working in downtown for The Gleaner in ‘05 compared to now working for Digicel, the difference is definitely there. Without overstating it, Digicel’s relocation is a big statement of confidence.
Walked past Island’s Chris Blackwell drinking a coconut on the street nearby this week, which was pretty random; except there’s actually now three art galleries within a few hundred yards of the office. There’s an atmosphere gathering about the place.
[Sound of developers rubbing hands]
“It’s the heart and soul,” one resident reminded this tourist sweating in the sun photographing a neighbouring building. And, as some workmen redeveloping the craft market further reminded me, the scarred surrounding communities also want to feel the benefits.
More and more people should find themselves reconnecting with an area that once was and what can again be the cultural heartbeat of the Caribbean.