Could downtown be loved? Murals in Jamaica’s capital say yes

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Could downtown be loved? Murals in Jamaica’s capital say yes

The eye-popping walls of Kingston’s bad side of town have attracted people who never imagined walking in the area

Kate Chappell

In the five years Alvin McGowan has owned Annali’s, a restaurant in central Kingston, he has never seen so many people walking around casually and unafraid – a remarkable sight given the area’s reputation as unsafe and rundown.

“The stigma of downtown at one time, the people were a bit afraid. But now it is different because of the murals on the walls,” McGowan, 55, said.

Vibrant, poignant murals have been appearing on the walls of Jamaica’s capital as part of Paint the City, a project by the nonprofit Kingston Creative to revive the city’s neglected central district and support the local arts community...

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