Jamaica: Art Brightens Dreary Downtown Kingston Streets

Things are definitely looking brighter in sections of downtown Kingston with eye-catching murals along Water Lane and other sections of the capital generating a groundswell of positive vibrations.

Workers and passers-by in the area dubbed the Kingston Creative Hub on Water Lane say they now enjoy leisurely walks to nearby restaurants, fast-food joints, and bars. This is in sharp contrast to the hurried, apprehensive, and fearful dashes they used to make past dull, graffiti-covered walls along urine-soaked and filthy roadways, which were once a haven for pickpockets and other criminals.

Yesterday, The Gleaner watched as number of persons made their way along the bright street in a new, warm atmosphere. Some walked purposefully along while others ambled, but all of them engaged with the different themes of the murals in some way as they passed Water Lane.


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