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The introduction of university students into The City would guarantee the generation of new business and social activities, especially if they are accommodated in or within the precincts of its centre.

The construction of high-rise hotels and apartment blocks, and the housing of students, perhaps in a renovated National Insurance building on Fairchild Street to support the proposed University of the West Indies (UWI) faculty in the old Barbados Mutual Building on Lower Broad Street would ensure the revival and modernisation of The City.

After all, the old National Insurance building sits on prime real estate, which should be developed to its maximum potential.

The reduction of crime is also vital to the development of The City, and improving housing conditions in depressed low income areas with greater job opportunities in a revitalised city would go a long way to achieve this.

Other developments such as the use of the old Empire Theatre building as an art gallery or as additional accommodation for students, a multistorey car park on the southern side of The City and the renovation and use of the many derelict government buildings in and around The City would enhance this UNESCO-designated heritage site.

It would also lead to more visitors and residents in Bridgetown.

– Gregory Phillips

These buildings sit on prime real estate, which

should be developed to its maximum potential. (FP)


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