With restoration… Georgetown’s true beauty emerges

With restoration… Georgetown’s true beauty emerges

March 14, 2016 | By | Filed Under News

While most young citizens have heard stories of Georgetown in its glory days, few have beheld the true uniqueness of the place once touted as the ‘Garden City.’
For decades, the city‘s development was held hostage by a culture of littering and an administration too financially weak to manage its affairs.

But like a woman whose beauty was hidden by grime and rags, the Georgetown that older folk once boasted of slowly emerging, thanks to a massive restoration exercise, that began almost immediately after the new administration took office.
Almost gone are the garbage heaps which once lay at almost every juncture of the city. The sight of clogged drains, trenches and alleyways overgrown with bush are also a thing of the past.  

A newly refurbished City engineer building at City Hall Avenue of the Republic

Refurbished City engineer building at City Hall

Noteworthy upgrade in the vicinity of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court

The vicinity of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court

Take a stroll around the city on any random day and the changes are evident and the citizens are taking notice.
Sherry Ferguson, a vendor from Kitty, Georgetown is one such person. She expressed optimism that the restoration of the city is ‘an upward climb’ for a nation which has seen many setbacks since gaining independence.
Ferguson made reference to the Kitty Market, once an eyesore and a hazard, which is currently under construction as part of the restoration project.  It is a structure that Ferguson holds dear, since the area housed her business for years.
Ferguson noted her delight that after so many years the significantly delapidated Kitty Market structure is finally being restored. She looks forward to her business getting better with a safer, cleaner place to ply her trade.
“People used to be scared to come to the (Kitty) market to buy because the place was in such a terrible condition, but now we can look forward to better environment for work and shopping.”

The Independence Arch on Brickdam Georgetown

The Independence Arch on Brickdam

“I am told the rift between the previous government and the Council prevented the restoration project from taking off, but what any government must always remember at the end of the day is the people that suffer.”
Another citizen, Errol Thom, commented on the restoration of the National Independence Monument (popularly called ‘The Independence Arch’, and plans for the development of the D’urban Park.
“As a Guyanese born in the 1980s, I never witnessed the true beauty of the city, as I see is becoming evident.”
Thom said that he had never given the Independence Arch a second glance, until its recent restoration.
As a young Guyanese, he feels proud to have witnessed this change in the city, and he hopes that the development of the D’urban Park area will further beautify the city.
Another young vendor lauded the restoration and said she, too, is now seeing Georgetown’s true beauty. She now feels more comfortable in taking her children around Georgetown

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Comments

  • De castro  On March 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Sorry beg to differ
    Cosmetic changes may make a
    woman ‘beautiful’ again …but it
    is not enough.
    Guyana will need a more radical
    approach to change especially if
    it is for the better.
    Geo Eco Politico change.
    Some very unpopular and harsh
    decisions by its ruling cl asses
    have to be made and more importantly
    enforced/upheld.
    New kids on the block are certainly
    making the effort but early days yet!!

    Cosmetic change although welcomed
    is step in right direction.

    Ways I see it
    Kamtan

  • demerwater  On March 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. (Laozi)
    For some unknown reason, I have always ended the proverb with the adverb “forward”.

  • diana  On March 16, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Guyana has been destroyed by the corruption and ignorance of the government and mentality of its people, especially the new generation. For Guyana to change and improve the mentality of the people needs to change. I hope they get their act together. Glad i do not live there anymore but i find it very sad for those who have to.
    I grew up in Guyana in the beautiful city of Georgetown. The last time i went back in 97 it was unrecognisable and smelled so bad i had to avoid the city. The new generation is a crass and unmannerly lot of people, no panache- embarrasing.

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