Friday, November 17, 2017


It works best when you have no resources to steal….

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trevor Burrowes This house could be showing us a better alternative for north coast hotel and resort development. So far, I haven't seen a better example than Golden Eye Hotel and Resort in Orocabessa:. It is built on property formerly owned by Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond stories. The odd thing is that I've been thinking in terms of aristocratic traditions being a part of tourism, and Golden Eye has it in spades. I need to look into how affordable the hotel/resort is compared to others islandwide. Another odd coincident is that I've been dreaming of long, simple, horizontal building shapes, with only jalousie windows and no glass...and lo and behold, this is isn't too far off what the famous author built himself: For a medium-size hotel, the building(s) would be considerably longer, and there could be one or two parallel structures of the same shape, and rising step-like, the one behind taller than the one in front, so that each allowed a view of the sea.
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  • Tim Groves,
    I think I’ve already grasped what you’re saying…to a significant degree anyway. I hope the following makes a valid point to the effect that you can have your cake and eat it too. I have a problem with looking at the money system in a simple, isolated way. There are many other considerations that the money argument tends to ignore. Those, like energy that no one considers, ultimately affect the money system too. So I look at a typical mega hotel beach design, and comment about it (one with similar design issues) beneath.
    Depriving the beach of natural vegetation seems to be a cultural decision and not an economic one. You could argue that this bare-beach style is popular around the world, and is what tourists expect. I would argue that there are (admittedly fewer) examples of tourists enjoying beaches with their original natural vegetation. I could argue that this would be better for the wildlife and aesthetics, and that there are tourists who would like that too. I could also conclude that the mass culture mentality–treat people like cattle and cater to their basest instincts–is not a winning strategy over all, and can successfully be opposed. So no, thumbs down on this beach.
  • I was pointing to it as an insensitive design–huge environmental destruction, loss of local nature and beauty–not having anything to do with making money. I argue that you can train tourists to fit in with a more natural setting. I find that being sensitive means you consider more things, including innovative ways to cater to a diversity of income levels.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Sunday, November 12, 2017


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Importing vendors to SAB from Kingston

To Idris Johnson: I believe it was you who recommended importing business people from Kingston due to over supply there and under supply in SAB? It's taken me a little while to digest the idea. But importing Kingston vendors sounds to be in line with the problem of vacant buildings going to seed in SAB. If vendors could live rent free in a little flat in back of the store, might that entice them to come? So thanks. This seems like a really practical and substantial suggestion.