Notes From a Native Son: Injecting Lifeblood Back in to the City

Hal Austin

Hal Austin

As minister of finance Chris Sinckler gathers his thoughts for his August 13 Budget, he must realise that this will be the hour of decision, that not only the medium and long-term future of the island will bear heavily on the decisions he makes, but his very future may depend on the package of fiscal and monetary remedies he reveals. But, time is short and he has already missed a number of clear-cut opportunities to carry out a deep-rooted restructuring of the economy, reforms to the public sector and radical stimuli to kick-start the economy. However, there is very little to be said in terms of policy that has not already been said, and all that is left now is to drive home what are commonsense policy proposals, but which the hardened mind-set of the Barbados political and policymaking class would not even entertain.

There is no way round it, but the public sector has got an overburdened payloads of 30000 mainstream employees, and a further 20000 indirect workers who depend on the public sector – Hilton and Gems workers, and construction site workers and others who depend on government contracts. Out of a workforce of about 110000, of whom officially 11 per cent are economically inactive (about 12000), and a further 25 per cent are underemployed (about 27000), including those young men and women who work for petrol stations doing nothing but filling cars, a waste of the most important years of their lives, even given the dignity of work, the minister must admit this is crisis time. But, judging by reports on his Brasstacks interview (I missed it) there is still a stubbornness about preserving public sector jobs. What the minister must understand is that no one wants people to be unemployed, what we need are proper strategies to deal with the current situation. It is the fog of ignorance that surrounds this situational confusion of strategy and tactics and the primacy of political opportunism which not only makes the crisis even more toxic, but crowds out commonsense. To help, I will focus on a single infrastructure development that could have gone a long way towards reinvigorating the economy, the regeneration of the City.

Regenerating the City:
With the exception of the Grantley Adams government in the early 1950s and its spectacular foresight to build the Deep Water Harbour, no other government, BLP or DLP, has given regenerating the city a central part in its planning or policy. It was the Adams administration which built the Pine and Grazettes to rehouse people from the slums of Bridgetown, which changed the heart of the City in such unrecognisable ways young people would not imagine. To some extent, the 1961 Barrow administration tried to match this, with a programme of filling in the Careenage, putting a management in place in the Port and in many ways, giving the nation a confidence that it did not have prior to the formation of the West Indies Federation. But, like most political rhetoric, we ended up with more promises than reality: promises to built a glass factory using sand, the HARP Project which eventually became the Iraqi Supergun; so-called free education; a promised factory to turn bagasse in to board, with the help of the Cubans, and lots more. But that is history. The economic problems now facing the nation are for this generation to solve.

For the present DLP Administration, regenerating the city, designing in urban parks, recreational areas, children’s play centres, lighting, gardens social centres and a mixture of apartments, offices, restaurants, small hotels, schools, stores and shops, should be it long-term legacy. This physical reform, over a five-year period, could be combined with new forms of urban leadership, residential committees, a reconstituted constituency council, police sub-stations, schools, places of worship and clusters of economic activity. It is by returning vibrancy to the heart of the City, now clouded with fear of crime, marginalised people and discarded rubbish, that social activity will once again become part of the beating heart of our nation. As things stand, the City is full of activity during the day, although new commercial centres such as Warrens and others are slowly taking away some of this business, but it becomes blighted and abandoned in the evenings. In fact, the City should be an area that transforms itself, from commercial activity during the day, to entertainment and leisure activity in the evening, with young men and women and visitors taking advantage of its numerous offerings. It should be home to a demographic mixture of social groups, families and professions, giving that small geographical space a new economic and social importance, fed by a new and affordable multimodal form of late night transport. This regeneration will go beyond new architecturally designed buildings, although this will be very important, but will be integrated in to the surrounding area of the Pierhead Marina, Careenage, beaches and the Port, reaching as far as Roebuck Street.
So, in turn, the City will once again be home to a multiplicity of skill clusters, from modern high-tec computerised skills, to artisan bakers, butchers, micro-breweries, blacksmiths who once serviced the schooners and other forms of economic activity, meeting the needs of a regional export market as well as local consumers. In a rejuvenated City centre one of the many small economic clusters that could be encouraged is a digital one, of computer repairs, programmers, app designers, etc.

Another is men’s and women’s fashion design and manufacture, with a resident community college-affiliated academy of fashion and shoe making, all designed in to the new architecture. The social equity from such a development will benefit generations of future Barbadians, giving the nation a spring in its step it has not had for decades. A regenerated City must be the hub of cultural enterprise, the throbbing heart of our night time economy; if young, professional people return to the centre of the City to live work and socialise so will shops, supermarkets, taxis, banks, bars and shops offering their wares to youth culture. To unlock this urban potential calls for a broad-brush strategy, including re-populating the inner city, traffic management (why isn’t Nelson Street a one-way street?) refurbishing some of the shops, while maintaining their historic colonial architecture. It calls for integrative urban planning, of a radical approach to re-organising our social and working lives, and a new dynamic form of governance.

Funding major capital projects is always a challenge. But it is arguable that if promises of money can be raised on unsustainable hotel projects for a development such as the regeneration of the inner city, funds could always be raised using a variety of funding vehicles such as bonds, long-term loans, off-plan mortgaging, etc. Of course, despite this, the defensive reaction to such a five-year development proposal will be: what about the funding? This, no doubt, will come from the same people who backed the waster of national insurance money on the Four Seasons white elephant, who added to this by promising to borrow Bds$260m to buy Almond Resorts, only to promise not to manage the enterprise; so government is now a property developer. This is the government that gave the Turk Club, a cosy collection of the wealthy a $19m handout, the government that underwrote a $6m loan to a trade union, a government that has an obsession with foreign reserves, yet when asked why they do not know, it is just part of the received wisdom.
However, in real financial terms, funding such a project is not a Armageddon event, sending in the bulldozers to flatten the City. It will be done over a period of time, gradually and with purpose, street by street, row of houses by row of houses.

Government would go in and buy up the property, either through agreement or compulsory purchase, with an obligation to give the previous owners first refusal to buy one of the new properties. By building rows of buildings, four to five storeys high, with a mix of one- two- and three bedroom apartments, with offices, shops and bars on the ground floor, court years with car parking facilities and play areas, these properties could be sold off-plan, to nationals and (in cash) as holiday homes for foreigners. With a Post Office and/or Credit Union bank providing the mortgages, the City regeneration will see the introduction of a form of financialisation never before seen in Barbados.

One of the visible failures of post-independence government in Barbados has been the slow, but corrosive decline of our inner city as professionals and small business people who once lived there deserted it for the newly built suburbs. This urban sprawl, however, was part of the wider lost of regulatory control by public servants and politicians, which meant a widespread misuse of land and an inability to understand the changing social conditions. Part of these changing circumstances was the transformation of an economy that was driven by agriculture and an import/export service sector, to one driven mainly by tourism. As economic emphasis moved from the inner city to the tourist belts of the West and South Coasts, policymakers and politicians lost interest in the inner city.

The current economic crisis should return the future of the inner city to the centre of the infrastructure debate. But it could only be part of  wider programme, even if it an important part, involving local residents, businesses, civic leaders, police and the emergency services. A lot of the decline of the inner city has been caused by weak political and policy leadership, dysfunctional strategies, counterproductive policies and a fear by politicians that innovative reforms may be beyond their imagination, thus, their control. Any regeneration of the inner city must involved local residents, civic leadership, businesses and the emergency services.

The other problem about policymaking in Barbados is the shared mind-set of being a big player when in reality the Barbados economy is the size of a smaller London borough. Or, to put it another way, the University of Pittsburgh Medical School has an annual export-oriented revenue base of US$10bn and 55000 employees, compared that with Barbados.
Minister Sinckler can take these ideas and run with them, and if he wants to claim ownership I am willing to pass them to him. The bottom line is, however, Barbados is in intensive care and urgently needs an economic blood transfusion.

53 thoughts on “Notes From a Native Son: Injecting Lifeblood Back in to the City

  1. Sink man needs to clean house and start over with truth , looking to keep hiding truth will not fix any thing.
    Bajans know some thing is wrong , and by now those who read BU and get IT ,They knows what the problems are , Even if some dont want to face the truth also,
    Lets hope UDC is gone and the taking of Land under the name of the CROWN for pvt pockets as the Ministers and the lawyers with the paid off judges ,
    Once the truth is known we can get the motor running ,
    If Violet Beckles is not in this Budget then we are still dealing with lies and liars .
    My God show them the way to Truth.

    • The task of bringing the City to live is major. The traffic after hours is mainly generated by those using the public transport. There is a mindset and attitude, especially by middle and upper middle class Barbadians that Bridgetown is a place you avoid. There is the other point made by Dennis Johnson that there s no vibrant residential activity, city dwellers have been moving out and there has been no corresponding inflow.

  2. Hal Austin@ Government would go in and buy up the property, either through agreement or compulsory purchase, with an obligation to give the previous owners first refusal to buy one of the new properties@

    Government dont need to buy nothing , more kick backs and no tourist.
    All the deeds of the dead property need to have CLEAR TITLES or we back to the same shit that got us here in the first place.
    Just because the govt bought some thing , that does not give it a clear title or clean up the fraud,
    We sure we have deeds for many of the areas in question Now looking to buy or thinking to buy ,
    Let a true title history be done , If we see , Its goes back to Violet Beckles and We can save them Millions of tax payers money going to the same crooks running of the island even Gems of Barbados…

  3. Any government (whether D or B) that can turn prime beachfront real estate in a small island like Barbados into a car park got to be a pack of jokers with absolutely no vision.

    Just look at the car park behind the Mannings at the Pierhead and see what a waste of prime real estate that should be housing top dollar penthouses, restaurants, bars and at least a small casino and seaside fun rides instead of car owners paying $1.00 per hour to park their very expensive vehicles that should attract no less than $5.00 per hour to park with a sliding scale to reflect economies of scale measured in parking times.

  4. @ millertheanunnaki, just like a golf course can easily become a farm,
    a car park can become a luxury building if you get my drift.

    Barbados still has huge development possibilities.

    Bridgetown should be redeveloped.

  5. millertheanunnaki @ all of Barbados is prime, we only see prime when the white build on it for we have no vision, Any part of Barbados can be done nice. Most of the land stay open for they know the true owner but hide to steal by way of court papers. Once again the court have no land to sell,,, by law no need to go there to lie to buy from registrar .All land have an owner , If they not look to hide to say,,,

  6. @ Hants | August 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I never denied that a car park could become a luxury complex. That is exactly my point. Where is the vision to see this viable possibility.
    Instead of just talk, talk, talk about redeveloping B’town why not actually start to do it the same way it was done with the Port, GAIA and even the nearby Independence Square of Church Village? Why waste valuable prime estate?
    In the mean time charge an economic fee for parking even if it means using some of the fees to upgrade the parking spaces and make them more secure until the developers come in.
    Hants, are you interested in investing some of your Can $ millions?

  7. @Miller and what ever the other part of your alias is

    You are perfectly and soundly correct in your description of the lack of vision of these people who would turn prime real estate land into a non attractive car park that is hot is France. I live in Germany (but born in Bimshire) and visit the Guardia (Italy) when ever I get the time to drive there. Along the main road of Lake Guardia going towards the North is a built up area of piers housing some very nice restaurants looking on to the lake front. There is a ferry service and other water base services that offer boat rentals, tours, shops selling an assortment of things and very interesting entertainment etc..The infrastructures in that area carries an old Italian built style feel that attracts German tourist and other tourist from around the world by the thousands.I mean besides the nice atmosphere the food is great and no where on the planet, as far as I am concern, do Pizza taste better than in Italy; after all, they are the inventors.

    Going back to the South is a picnic type controlled recreational area that houses small mobile (but secure) type platforms in the lake for the swimmers. The picnic area is swamped with trees but still enough space for the sunbathers. There are table tennis courts at strategic points, bars, an assortment of food delis, a very nice recreational area for children with a knee high pool for the toddlers with so many toys, a nice train track for children to ride around and on and on. To enter you pay €30 per adult, I think or more and that gives you access to chairs and the entire facility right up to closing time. Children under 5 pay a nominal fee except on family day. All you pay is for the food, soft drinks are complimentary all other drinks you pay. Now the amount of people I see swarming in the lake and in the huge picnic type recreational facility were thousands. Hardly could find a spot and hardly could find a space close to the lake bank to swim.

    If successive governments had any vision besides tunnel vision that area could have been transformed into something very attractive and something that would generate so much life in that part of Bridgetown . Instead they did that crap. I would you ‘Miller or what ever the other part of your name is’. Ya Spot on ma brudder

  8. @ Plantation Deeds

    Are you making any progress in your attempt to vilify the Violet Beckles land debacle? I mean I read your comments and it does not matter what the topic your attack is always obvious and sometimes a bit winded.. I know you have provided some scanned copies of documents as your evidence but what is the next step in this matter. I am not criticizing you but one of the reasons I stopped blogged for a while is because like the politicians who talk and steal I found that on here all that was happening was a lot of talk. intellectual fights and the hurdling of insults whilst the corruption and intent to continue corrupt activity in Bim goes on unchecked. Even some of the articles accept a few are not even worth the read. So again are you making any progress with these people?

    • Amazing that a little blog exposes information that the established media does not but some would want us to start a revolution as well.

  9. @ david[BU]

    With regard to your comment re blog being vilified for not being the Castro-esque revolution I consider that to the manifestation of the Bajan Obadele Syndrome where “since he has done so well running, he must be elevated to being an ambassador” or as is the case with Blackette “since he did so well crooning every Sunday morning or pun de Mellow Mood, he got to mek a gook politician!!!’

    The people who make these comments are agents from the Barbados Free Press who were sent here to under mine your success with inane disjointed commentary like that.

    Leave them to Baffy, he will tear them a new one soon enough LOL

  10. Miller you right and I have been saying the same about the car park behind Carlisle House the old BS&T headquarters. Prime real estate used as a car park! The old buildings can be renovated to become beautiful Inns.

    Like many towns in the Caribbean the introduction of Malls in the suburbs has given consumers an alternative and with Bridgetown the way it is, is no longer pleasurable to go there. Bridgetown needs rejuvenating and must undergo gentrification.

    To find a good restaurant in the city with a view of the sea is almost impossible the exception is Waterfront café. We need side walk cafés, bistros that will remain open into the night. To make this successful we need a larger and a more diverse population.

    In fact to make newer businesses viable we need more traffic. Our population size will limit the number and size of businesses.

  11. Thanks for that intervention ‘pieceahderock’. What if some people on this blog who for whatever reason knew about the contribution at a national level of some of the BU family? Would it make a difference to their contributions? Those of us who are on the rock and have access to documents and other info need to start blowing the whistles. Let us all play our part to dismantling the clubs, fraternities and cliques.

  12. Based on to titbits of information we hear in the news there will be a thrust to leverage the world heritage designation of Bridgetown and the environs. Not sure where the capital will come from if government is in ‘cutting’ mode but we will have to see how this plays out. This is based on a Henry Fraser lecture delivered recently.

  13. Sunshine Sunny Shine@ We gave you a 5 start vote on your comment.
    Yes , We are moving each day we can , This is a full time work for the best of Barbados.People on the street are hungry for the information and getting use to the idea that COW is fraud man.
    As we work around we gather more information and letting Bajans know who did what ,
    The statement by the AG we will be looking at to see if action will be taken , We dont think so , for 90 percent of Bajans are on the land .
    This is not to make anyone move , unless you want to fight for what is not yours and not pay the rightful persons.Most rents are well over the pay scale of rents and the crooks over charge just to get a new car. Some one have to pay their car note and its you. ..
    All things in Barbados is tied up in the land.
    Hall have good points , but none will work until the land issue is settle to move forward , As long as many make money they will not care,
    Love maybe one thing , but to CARE maybe better.
    We care, for we see the pain of Violet Beckles over the Years and we wish that on no one ,, not even the crooks,
    Those who were put there for good and do wrong , and live by wrong to live over their pay grade as others suffa.
    We not mad bad comments , its just show us all who have eyes, ears and are free thinkers. When they turn the corner they will smile when their biggest fears are put to rest.
    In the Name of the King and Kings Knights.

  14. In the credit rating agencies are explaining the reasons why the DLP government does not have flexibility in cutting the wages and salaries of civil servants to trim that 400 million……..I mean, would it have killed them to let the taxpayers know this, why does all the information have to come from either the IMF or the rating agencies in the US, so the reality is they have to find other cutting methods.

  15. Well Well@ Why , Well Well you know We dealing with crooks who control the News in all kinds , The people to busy running around to know any better , Rats in a cage.

  16. including those young men and women who work for petrol stations doing nothing but filling cars, a waste of the most important years of their lives, even given the dignity of work, ”

    i do not ever read your posts since your picture alone turns me off i.e. i do not ever read any post with some person’s photo…but never-the-less, the statement above is an utterly stupid statement and out of place. this people are doing an honest day’s work, not stealing or robbing you, it is called a job, if they do not do it how will asses such as yourself get gas at the pump? my instinct was right in my decision to not ever read ur stupid crap.

  17. Plantation………… is very disturbing that news of such monumental significance is always and i mean always given to the taxpayers on the island by IMF or credit rating agencies and only just because the politicians cannot stop these agencies from sending out press releases, never by the politicians whose salaries are paid by the taxpayers whom they are so gleeful to keep that information from, the AG would not say a word in Barbados to the taxpayers but would go to the US and run his mouth off and give information that affects the lives of people LIVING on the island, the same taxpayers then have to read about it in the newspapers, what is wrong with these people and where did they go to school.

  18. @ Pinkie | August 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM |

    We are not surprised you are unable to look past the superficial and appreciate the gravamen of the comment instead of the photo.

    Now what real value is added to the petrol pumping activity other than costs?
    Why should millions be spent in educating and training people to perform a job that can be done by the buyer himself, even a thinking robot like you?

    But that is what you get from the thinking of a person with a myopic insular mind. Pumping gas is a relic of the colonial master/servant past and one who demands such petty service would not be able to survive in more enlightened places like where Hal is coming from. And it is not Animal Farm, Pinkie the Mollie!

  19. Hal Austin,

    The large scale, thorough-going renewal and redevelopment of Bridgetown and other towns in Barbados – though warranted by many persons in Barbados – cannot take place without there being substantial changes, and for the overall better, in the core and peripheral financial systems of this country, and too without the bringing about of a post-TAXATION society for Barbados, amongst other things.

    Projects and programs for urban renewal and redevelopment must therefore take place in alignment with such positive and seismic changes throughout the entire country.

    Therefore, the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s efforts at so-called revitalising Bridgetown – all be it that they are miniscule, cosmetic and artificial – are going to eventually fall flat, giving that it is not making sure that there are fundamental changes, and for the better, in the financial and other relationships amongst the various productive commercial personal and household sectors and their constituent elements in this country.


  20. @ David
    What Heritage designation what!! lmao I would like the purveyors of that idea to tell me how.

    @ Hal
    As I said earlier 6/10 for this piece. The truth is though that the urban design approach to any redevelopment will be the key factor, after all the legibility of a city is its most important asset. Another observation is that there is no need to separate residential from commercial so for example live/work units would be far more suitable for designers, artists of all kinds, film, recording studios and similar business activities thereby creating an ‘agglomeration’ of cultural industries for the exchange of ideas/services etc. Most importantly, unless you want another Coverley et al, the idea of living in Bridgetown MUST be no longer viewed as the domain of the lower class so a radical shift in thinking is required. The best way to do so is through the expat–luxury houses along lower Bay Street and Cavans Lane with the right mix of places for consumptive behaviour plus the physical upgrade. Lastly, your idea of the ‘city’ is too small spatially.

  21. On a related matter the Weekend Nation at p 45 carries an ad headlined “Request for Offers to Purchase and Develop Propery”and goes on to describe the Property which seems to me to be the stalled 4 Seasons project.We have heard a lot of promises from MoF Sinckler and from Avi the man who was entrusted by the dead king to find a developer all evidently to no avail.I don’t recall hearing anyone stating that this ad would have been coming out and what it portends,nevertheless here it is.Does it mean that they are scraping the bottom of the barrel?Is teher no one that is willing to come on board in the present state of the country’s governance.Is it a lack of confidence

  22. …….is it a lack of confidence in the project?What sayest the BWU which along with the DLP callers to Brasstacks in 2007 stopped the project which was proceeding apace,by insinuating that bajans could’nt find work there,which was not the case!

    • @enuff

      Just narrating what Henry Fraser has been espousing. Based on trends countries with the designation get value in it.

  23. @ Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese writer, professor and human rights activist. He is currently incarcerated. He demanded an end to communism in China. During his 4th term in prison he was awarded the 2010 nobel peace prize. His human rights work had received international recognition.Raul Garcia you know served three years beyond his given sentence for drug trafficking in Barbados. He was just recently released. Navi Pillay,The United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights and the United States ex-secretary of state Hilary Clinton called this UNHUMANITARIAN. Garcia was released only because someone made it their business to intervene, barked at the Barbados government. Violet Beckles is moving, moving beyond the Barbados island as did the disgust of Raul Garcia. Plantation Deeds is on mission, not going anywhere. His story will not be dead and buried simply because a wrong has been done. Someone is responsible, should be made accountable.

    According to Deeds’ post “Pathetic Opposition” on this site, Legislation to confiscate criminal property is being considered. It’s time for that “confiscate criminal property”. Barbados is still THIRD WORLD, still too far behind. Legislation to confiscate criminal property should not just be considered, but implemented – IMMEDIATELY. The legislation should certainly not exclude lawyers, politicians, government workers, BLP or DLP members. So, Sunshine Sunny Shine Deeds could have possibly made some progress.

  24. Miller sometimes u psuedo intellectuals think u know it all why should the customer pay for gas and then pump it. this fraud was foisted on the consumer before gas prices began to rise so far the only people to benefit is the big corporations .look the consumer pay and does the work and people like u buy nto this fraudulent activity which adds to high employment while big business reap the sweets.

    • With security issues etc it is in the interest of gas stations to follow the developed world and go to self service. Many of the workers at gas stations is immigrant labour anyway.

  25. The so-called develop world has only one interst and that is there,s think of the health issues and contiminates a person body endures when pumping .that alone is another reason why average joe and mary should not have to be subjected to selservice of gas. it might also have entered the mind of big business as a health risk to attendants which can end up with law suits. any how the gullible and unsuspecting cust.are sitting ducks. Why NOT

  26. Well Guys you can talk what you like about regenerating the City but until the following is corrected any investments will be lost:
    Proper Lighting,
    Control of Crime
    Reduction of rents
    Solving traffic woes
    Amalgamating all bus stands and taxi stands in a central zone
    Regulation of garbage Disposal and collection
    Consistent police patrols that maintain order
    Control of indiscriminate parking
    Installation of parking meters to ensure ready parking for shoppers thus forcing full day parking into car parks
    Regulation for vending sites rather than the uncontrolled anywhere situation
    The control of sitting and lying in the streets by idlers
    Clearing of sidewalks for pedestrian passage
    Control of nuisance reckless bicyclist
    These are all aspects of Bridgetown that have steadily been left for waste over the years. The situation is like a cancer. Hence shoppers and business prospectors have all ran away to Sheraton, Warrens LimeGroveand such areas. These ills are cancers creeping into the town centre from Bay Street, Baxters Road, Roebuck Street and Pelican. The town is rotting away from the outskirts. DO please recognize that all areas mentioned are dead and were once thriving. A perfect example of lost investment is The Bayshore Complex at Bay Street. Get with it fellows. Hal Austin is too far away removed to lead any relevant conversation about these issues.

  27. Sashquash….very good analysis. It is ok to dream BUT we first have to look at the reality. Until a middle and upper income housing is available in the outskirts and in the city the prospects of rejuvenating Bridgetown very are slim indeed.

    • On a related note Minister Stephen Lashley has floated that the government is looking at starting a two week culture festival.

  28. Islandgal 246 all I am saying is that bad conduct and bad circumstances continue to drive people away from the city. Middle and upper incomes do not like that type of atmosphere. Middle and upper class ran from Pine Gardens, Belleville, Bay Street, Chelsea, Strathclyde and Welches. Then the wealthy merchant cut up their stores into rental stalls and took off and are collecting high rents. They foresaw the failure of the city as the slime slid inwards. I have been in town long watching and watching. I remember Baxters Road Mall, Fish Fry, Pink Star Et al. Also saw Gasbros, Clubs in The Main, Jazz in Bay street, Trade winds, etc. Slime killed it all and in the process people were getting sophisticated and aspired to be comfortable. The result is a dying town. Some of these politicians are too young to know of what I speak. I have been a town operative for many years. The medicine I prescribed earlier is required. Cruise ships also warn passengers of Brownes Beach and surrounding areas. The passengers go as far as Crane Beach. If we can stop the political clatter on BU the sensible facts will take a fore seat.


    Detroit, MI (USA) on 07/18/2013 filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy protection. Alike Barbados, problems in Detroit are accumulative of several decades. Detroit at moment is ill, extremely; it’s position is precarious as was the City of New York (New York) and Cleveland (Ohio) in the 1970′s. Those cities, New York and Cleveland have fully recovered. Detroit will recover.

    Detroit has potential and possibilities, lots of it. Detroit, did you know is home of the American Auto Industry (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler). Detroit, did you know is home to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which it hosts each year in January and Cobo Center there, site of the annual North American International Auto Show is midst a 320 million dollar renovation, since 2011. True, the City of Detroit on July 18, 2013 filed bankruptcy. The NAIAS none the less will go on – show must go on.

    Writer, Nick Carey says “Unlike deep-pocketed Dan Gilbert, co-founder of online mortgage provider Quicken Loans who has helped spur a downtown boom [in Detroit] by moving in 9,000 employees and spending $1 billion in the process, it has new and other entrepreneurs winging it”. Detroit, even in a financial crisis refuses to pull the plug on spending $400 million for a new hockey arena for its Detroit Red Wings. Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder and Kevin Orr, appointed emergency manager agrees to stick with the plan. Detroit’s bankruptcy in process won’t halt the 2014 North American International Auto Show or building a new hockey arena. Detroit even in its current condition is breathing. Four Seasons and the Pierhead Marina project down there on that dot in the Caribbean is not even doing that, breathing.

    Barbados and Detroit, Michigan (United States) boats look the same, both are financially stressed. The two cities, Detroit and Bridgetown are very ill. Detroit, though is receiving treatment, will recover but Bridgetown in Barbados ???

    Elected officials in Detroit NOW are powerless. Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder and appointed Emergency Manager, Kevin Orr via Legislative Law has total control. Michigan governor (s) since March 28, 2013 have right to take over and control financially stressed cities and school systems. The governor NOW has last word not school superintendents, the mayor or city counsel members. Kwame Kilpatrick, the root of problems in Detroit has been persecuted and convicted. He will serve a lengthy sentence. The Federal Government via Monica Conyers, Sam Riddle and Bobby Ferguson and Kwame Kilpatrick that corruption in Detroit will no longer be tolerated, will come after you. Corruption in both the BLP and DLP must stop. Violet Beckles, VECO and CLICO is just some of it. The half has not been told.

  30. @ Sashquash

    I am not leading any debate, although I think all Barbadians have as right to take part in the discussion as I am doing.

  31. Hal Austin I am merely saying that your residing away from this rock denies you knowledge of the facts posited by me. Thanks anyway for provoking the debate.

  32. @Sashquash

    Thank you. However modern technology makes the world a village. By the way, I know the City better than you may think. As I have said here before,, my paternal grandfather had a bakery and rum shop in Nelson Street from the 1920s to the 6os.

  33. @ Sasquatch
    Wheel and come again!! You really don’t understand the dynamics, role of a ‘city’ in a small island.Those solutions you proposed are mere cosmetics. Trying reading, if you haven’t, Jane Jacob’s The Life and Death of American Cities.

    @ Look
    You and Plantation Deeds are a tag team? I am tired of the Violet Beckles simply because as I said before your facts are too mixed up.

  34. Enuff @ Well if you sick of truth then you and live a lie. Facts are the facts until pulled down by better information, If you dont like what is posted or believe it ,then live the way you are living and take what you get. enjoy.
    This is to show Bajans how the people you truth and look up too for leadership will rape you depending on your age , sex, or schooling or lack thereof .
    What you need to be sick of is BLP/DLP Minister Sink man lies he telling all the time and you maybe eating it up.
    Lets see your Facts, for all you may have are comments, backing up or helping some crook lawyers rob all your friends.
    Thank you for you comment ,,,, We love balance.lets see if you jump for joy if and when your friends get laid off and the VAT move up . …. because of fraud.400M stolen
    UDC 1997 VAT 1997 who you think paying for land at 2.50 a square foot,,, VAT paying the other 12.50 by UDC /VAT
    So , end the UDC fraud and the VAT can go away 17.5% is really 18% is that Enuff for you Enuff?

  35. .
    @ Enuff

    You must have played part in that massive land theft. If not true, you need glasses or a stronger prescription because you can’t see. You may have eye cataracts Enuff (poster) and should undergo surgery to remove them. You can’t see. That old woman, Violet Beckles had in her possession an authentic legalized Last Testament and Will and presented it. A death certificate (Beatrice Henry) was also presented. Enuff (poster), something is wrong with your eye sight that has forced upon you yet another problem. You can’t count. Enuff (poster) 1 + 1 = 2. Got it. One, that woman Beatrice Henry inhabited the Barbados island and owned vast amounts of land. The deeds that passed hands from Violet Beckles and Sir Richard Cheltenham proved this. Two, a Last Will and Testament was prepared before her demise gifting ALL her land holdings to Violet Beckles. This is verifiable and posted her on this site. I’m sorry that you are tired of the Violet Beckles story. People in southern United States Enuff (poster) were tired of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his demand for Civil Rights. People in the United States were likewise tired of Marcus Garvey and his call for Pan-Africanism.

    Shame on you Ham
    It was sham
    The deeds didn’t fly
    Didn’t run away from you.
    COW said. . . . but said LIE
    That old woman cried “my land”
    All that land Ham, you took from her hand.
    What, what could she do?
    Far too many were invited and ALL joined your band:
    Owen, Mia, Ralph, Mark, Samantha, Philip Nichols too.

  37. MY LAND
    My Land, all is my land: Kensington, Sandy Lane, Six Men and ABC Highway.
    My Land all my land grasped right before my very eyes.
    I cried and cried “my land”.
    The robbers did not hear but do not hide.


    The land was yours then mine.
    That man Ham though was not kind.
    There was so much – land – in my hand,
    but he was a crooked man.
    The two Ham and COW somehow hooked.
    Yes, of course, they are quiescent about you and the deeds they took.
    I’m sorry I loosened them.
    Yes, of course, he Ham is prominent but a crooked man here in BIM
    Thank you Beatrice for the gifts
    that I just couldn’t lift.

  39. millertheanunnaki | August 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM |

    @ Hants | August 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM


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    @ Deeds

    Those deeds you know made cash money. Those deeds were stolen but for the love of money


    Detroit, Michigan (United States) bankruptcy could possibly end by December 31, 2013. Bridgetown and or Barbados may then be just beginning one – BANKRUPTCY FILING. Should be an easier one because Bridgetown and or Barbados has no assets, nothing like that in Detroit: a 2.6 BILLION dollar art collection, three vintage cars, each valued at one million or more

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