Letters to the Editor

Halt structural overdevelopment!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Editor,

There seems to be no end in sight to developers erecting even more structures and housing in already densely populated areas. I wrote a letter on this matter a couple years ago expressing my concerns as an average everyday citizen and since then there have been more buildings constructed. It would seem that it is [some of] the average folks who are mainly concerned, because clearly the developers and business owners are all about making money without thinking about the long-term negative environmental impacts.

Allow me to reiterate the numerous issues that await structural overdevelopment in urban areas. Firstly, the traffic! More places of business in one area will attract more customers to that one area. And how do they get there? On roads that are used by other motorists who are simply trying to get to other destinations but are typically crawling in traffic. More vehicles on the roads mean more traffic.

Additionally, why are businesses seeking to establish an office in an already packed business area? This results in limited parking. Just look at Sovereign Centre as an example. There are about 30-something different businesses in that area which makes finding a parking spot a pain because of the volume of vehicular customers that the businesses attract. Just getting in or getting out can range anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes. How is this productive?

The other issues of structural overdevelopment are: removal of trees, destruction of natural scenery, vehicular noise pollution, vehicular exhaust pollution causing respiratory problems, more heat because of vehicular exhaust, increased chances of vehicular collisions, congested roads hindering the free flow of emergency vehicles, delayed mobile services such as taxis and couriers, irregularly scheduled road repairs, overcrowding, commuter misery, extreme inconvenience during roadworks, garbage pile-up, strain on public sanitation services, irregularly scheduled garbage collection because of insufficient trucks, introduction of rodents, strain on water resources (God help anyone whose residence is on fire), strain on National Water Commission's network, social frustration, decline in mental well-being. Should I continue?

Development should not mainly be concerned with making money or having numerous fancy buildings. There should be a limit to the expansion of urban areas. If there is talk of converting a cemetery into a parking lot in order to increase parking capacity, then that says something about the situation.

Please take the development to not-so-populated areas and the crowd will follow and relieve some of the existing overcrowded spaces. Otherwise, at this rate, we may as well live like rats because we are creating heavily populated and polluted environments to live in.

The Writer


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon