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Notes on the Geography of Trinidad: Trinidad: What Oil Money Buys

The pictures in this folder were taken early in 2008, perhaps a decade later than those in the previous two folders, and they record some aspects of Trinidad's recent economic development.

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Downtown Port-of-Spain. There's always somebody with a pocket full of cash.

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On the outskirts of town, an overpass is under construction.

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The overpass itself suggests a role for foreign assistance. It comes from Europe with a smile. If it came from the U.S. it would have no smile. Trust me.

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The Trincity Mall.

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Pretty fancy, no?

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This should settle the matter: super-premium ice cream by the pint, quart, and half-gallon at the Trincity SuperValu. You can't even buy half-gallons of this stuff in God's country. Amazing.

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Is housing a leading indicator?

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Houses in that subdivision.

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Close-up.

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Under construction.

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Roof detail.

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Hollow-block walls.

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Here's the runway at Waller Field, built in World War II so American planes could make their way to Africa. It's under conversion here to a college campus.

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We've gone past Waller Field to Toco, at the northeastern corner of the island. A new police station.

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Under construction.To

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Toco is at the island's economic periphery. Here we're on the main axis running south the Port of Spain. Meet the Grand Bazaar, on the road to Chaguanas.

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Here's the supermarket at Chaguanas.

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Do you mean to say that Trinidad has socialized medicine? (Answer: sort of; it offers free primary care.) Is there no end to such wickedness?

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Old cane fields are being converted to residential subdivisions.

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Sign posted near the site shown in the previous picture.

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Here are some surviving canefields on the outskirts of San Fernando.

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Boundary marker at Cedar Hill, near the fields shown in the previous picture.

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House in the Cedar Hill Settlement. The homeowner was in the cement business.

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More cane fields under conversion, this time in a government program.

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Nearby, a branch of the RBTT, formerly the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. The bank is a descendant of the Royal Bank of Canada, which opened for business in Trinidad in 1910. Do the banks here offer mortgages? You bet.

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Typical new housing nearby.

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Satellite dishes in houses in the hamlet of Jacob Settlement, near Siparia, south of San Fernando.

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Nearby convenience store.

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Entertainment, near Jacob Settlement.



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