Kingston, Jamaica

Mapping Urbanization and Social Change


In 1655, Englishmen William Penn and General Robert Venables took the last Spanish fort in Jamaica, forced them off the island, and claimed it as the property of England. The … Continue reading

August 19, 2012

Future Development Plans

Plans to turn downtown Kingston into a thriving financial district have already begun. According to a Ministry Paper on Urban Development & The Status of Major Projects the UDC (Urban … Continue reading

August 18, 2012

Urban Growth and Town Expansion

Between 1921 and 1943 the East Indian population grew from 1,700 to 4,000 and 43% increase. The Chinese immigrant population increased from 1.3% to 2.6%.(Clarke, 2006, p. 59) During the … Continue reading

August 18, 2012

Waterfront Development

A number of development projects were planned for downtown areas and the shoreline. (see Figure 1). The Foreshore Development Organization constructed Newport West, which lay next to Marcus Garvey Drive. … Continue reading

August 18, 2012

Government Sponsored Housing Schemes Between 1950-1960

Figure 1: Kingston in 1907 from Stark’s Jamaica Guide (Illustrated). With the election of the political party People’s National Party leader Alexander Bustamante, the democratic system ensured social and economic … Continue reading

August 18, 2012

1894 Early Distribution of the Races

The set up today in Kingston is due in large part, to the way the town was distributed during it’s founding. In Figure 1, many of the white wealthy and … Continue reading

August 18, 2012


The settlement was compact and the population doubled between 1702 and the mid 18th century increasing the number of lots from 809 to 1,422. Houses built to the north and … Continue reading

August 18, 2012