Welcome to our
HillyPortland Newsletter Volume
5 July 2014
Portland is one of the larger parishes in the island of Jamaica.
It was one of the last few parishes to be settled and you may just
ask why? Let’s look at the map of Jamaica below
and observe how close Portland is to the city of Kingston. Kingston and maybe I should say
Port Royal was the mecca of Jamaica in the original times. Settling away from the city is always attractive, as us pseudo aristocrats know
very well, so you would think that even back then they would look at where Portland is positioned and take
advantage of it's cheap real estate. This Portland is
adjoining St Andrew, just a few miles next door to the Portland
border is UWI, the seat of learning for most Caribbean people, isn’t that a recipe for an attractive
Why isn’t a few acres of land where you can invest in a few cows, leave
the wife or husband at home and drive (your buggy), to take care of business in the nearby city, not
a good buy? Do you think if everything were equal Portland would not by now, be an overgrown suburb
of Kingston and maybe even fighting to become it's own
Hope by now you are saying let’s talk about --------- Portland and forget the rest
of the stories, and your anger will mean that I got
your attention. I am not under any duress to write an article about Portland. I am doing this venture because
I love Portland, and would love to be a part of it's vast potential for growth, so I do crave
your attention to the picture I am painting.
Well Portland is not one of those flat parishes, it’s a mountainous
place. The mountains overpower
everything and even form a natural barrier between the populous areas of St Andrew and Kingston to the south
of Portland: (There is only one drivable roadway through these mountains from Kingston to Portland and it may
not still be drivable . I have driven through this mountain pass on one occasion and have no appetite for a second
trip.) Only closer to the northern caribbean sea are there fair sized patches of
flatlands, and very little (flatland)elsewhere. It’s on these patches of flat land that the various
little townships are built. The commercial entrances to Portland from
Kingston, involves going through the eastern section of the parish of St Andrew and St Mary or, the longer way
of going through St Andrew and the entire parish of St.Thomas. Both
these entrances require native experiences to be not afraid.
So now you understand why Portland was never nor will ever become a suburb of
Kingston although we are, geographically speaking, neighbors. This Portland though, has developed qualities
of sophistication that challenge the minds of outsiders. I mentioned somewhere that there are only fairly
small areas of flat lands. These flat lands, even to today are owned by the aristocracy, so in many areas the town
is small and some people live on some hillsides that frightens the outsider.
People with a choice live in Portland because they want to.
Because of the difficulty of going up and down many hills and around many corners to get to another town,
people tend to stay in their own town or village, and develop much pride for their location. This unity shows the
good and the bad side of people, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you find out how many good people there
still are in Portland. www.hillyportland.com
We will continue this discussion next time and continue to give you an intimate look at
why Portlanders have such a strong love for Portland. We also think that a focused look at Portland will
uncover areas of need, where a core group of Portlanders can make quite a difference in peoples
No internet access: Call us at: 954 515 9101.