climate is changing, becoming more pragmatic and economically opportunistic.
The system of political patronage is being dismantled. Even so there is still
an exclusive focus on winning elections. The recent past is still a prime
determinant of the geometric description in zinc and concrete of the urban
The area of Southside is infamous for its complex partitioning into areas of a tribal loyalty for which the overt justification is political affiliation. The place is a labyrinth of imperative detours. People on their daily trek to the shops or to work are living proof that the shortest efficient distance between two points is seldom a straight line.
Paradoxically this urban complexity obtains for both sides of the divide, the poorer areas of Downtown and the wealthy areas of Uptown Kingston. Uptown and Downtown Kingston are mirror images of each other. For instance, landowners from both areas have capitalised on their land, creating yards (for the poor) or compounds (for the wealthy). These mercenary subdivisions have created a patchwork of domestic fortresses and an extraordinary network of non-connecting, narrow canyon-like paths.
As soon as a path is out of use, its memory is eradicated. ex memoriam, humiliated by its fall from function.