Forget the Stinkin’ Toe Tree and Walk-Foot People: Kingston Is The City of the Automobile

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Our capital city (and my home) of Kingston is upside down at the moment. There is a mania of “road widening,” which has resulted in the destruction of several large (and by large, I mean very old) trees and a concomitant increase in the amount of concrete. I have written several times about the deforestation of the city – apparently mindless, wanton and quite often unnecessary.
Conservator of Forests Marilyn Headley has put her foot down, after a huge Jamaican mahogany tree was felled on Constant Spring Road – almost outside the Forestry Department’s office, ironically. Ms. Headley has pledged to replant. According to the Jamaica Observer‘s Kimone Thompson, a very thorough environmental reporter: