New Marina progresses. High Rise flats coming. That’s progress, right?
The construction of the new marina continues (above) and by the looks of things you’ll soon have to have a boat to see any of the coast at all. Meanwhile, Minister of Housing Michael Lashley yesterday announced our first high rise housing development.
I don’t view the high rise mansion blocks as a bad thing – depending upon how it is done and where. That has to happen because Barbados has about the 15th highest population density in the world – although compared to places like Monaco, Singapore and Hong Kong, we’re almost uninhabited. If done properly, high rise housing could reduce the pressure on our agricultural and natural areas and reduce the price of housing. If done properly that is.
What doesn’t have to happen though is the willy-nilly approach to building and development that has characterized Barbados for the last twenty years. There was a time for a few decades after independence when our elected representatives put aside some green space and made sure that sea access wasn’t blocked. Then they started selling off the choice bits of green space to developer friends and allowed “exceptions” to the rules until you can’t get to the sea in many spots and if you can you have to park a mile away. That’s if there is a place to park at all.
For the last twenty years the only “solution” to transportation on the island has been more cars on more roads. “Public” transportation that is defined as more buses and more ZRs becomes part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Our promised “National Parks” at Scotland and Graeme Hall are jokes. The last BLP government wanted to put a major dump in Scotland, and this DLP government reclassified the majority of lands surrounding the Graeme Hall wetlands from protected agricultural to “anything goes, let’s make some money and build industrial units.” So much for Graeme Hall National Park.
As we watch the “progress” at the new marina, I have to wonder about the definition of “progress”. What will our great grandchildren will think of us when they compare what we could have done, with the country that we left them?
Marina construction photos courtesy of Anthony Husbands (more here)
(Story Idea: Give thanks and a bottle of Mount Gay dark to the Prince of Barbados!)