Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Quamina St., Georgetown, Guyana

Tunku Varadarajan wrote a beautifully wordsmithed piece for The New York Times (2/6/2000) in which he states "The city of Georgetown is not ugly. It is haggard. And it is hovering on a vulgar cusp, the other side of which lies a great civic shambles."

The wood used by the British was a mix of hardy local greenheart and pine (which came from the U.S. as ship ballast). Laborers were Madeiran at the time. The use of wood nourished the Victorian conceit that the British were a people adept at taming their surroundings.

Quamina St. runs east-west and is home to the Cara Lodge. These photos span downtown about 5 blocks and capture the Tropical Victorian architecture in a splendid fashion, conditions ranging from fully maintained to benign neglect. Note the street vendor selling CDs with an Israeli umbrella ! The photo below shows a cheap Chinese restaurant known in the creole dialect as "dutty Chinese."

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