East Downtown Kingston

East Downtown Kingston

East Downtown Kingston is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood located in the heart of Jamaica's capital city. It is an eclectic mix of old and new, with historic buildings and modern developments coexisting side by side. The area is known for its bustling streets, lively markets, and vibrant street art scene.

Parade Gardens

Parade Gardens has undergone significant changes socially and economically since the late seventeenth century. It has transformed from an affluent area to an inner city community, much like other communities in the Down Town Development Area (DTDA). Unfortunately, unemployment is a prevalent issue within Parade Gardens, resulting from several factors, including low levels of academic attainment among community members. Despite these challenges, the community is surrounded by prominent businesses such as Grace Kennedy Ltd., ICD Group of companies, Multicare Foundation, Sam Isaacs & Son Ltd, Masterton Ltd., and other private enterprises. While only a small percentage of community residents are employed full-time by Grace Kennedy Ltd., the company, along with the Grace Kennedy Foundation, political representatives, and other stakeholders, have made contributions to the development of the community.

Rose Gardens

Rose Gardens, also known as "Spoilers," was once a thriving upper-class community in the 1950s and 60s. The community was home to many professionals, including teachers, nurses, and doctors, who were considered elite or privileged, as well as skilled workers like dressmakers, tailors, shoemakers, and barbers who established successful businesses. At the time, there was even a well-established shoe factory in the area. However, during the late 1970s and 1980s, the community suffered from political tribalism that caused severe conflicts in Tel-A-Viv and Southside, which extended to "Spoilers" (Rose Gardens). As a result, some of the upper middle-class residents migrated to the north of Kingston, and the community experienced a significant transformation into an under resourced community characterized by overpopulation, unemployment, poverty, and crime. Despite the challenges, the residents have made numerous efforts to revitalise the community and empower its citizens. The residents have displayed remarkable unity during times of hardship and struggle. Since 2000, the community has seen a reduction in crime and violence. Most community groups are committed to maintaining peace and harmony.

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