It was back in the 1950's that the government of Jamaica made plans to redevelopment the crime ruined and inhumane living conditions that was Back - O - Wall. A community given that name for it was populated by persons who were cast aside by society i.e Rastafarians, criminals, and the poor. Post Independence and under the leadership of the Minister of Development and Welfare, Edward Seaga, Back-O-Wall was developed into the widely praised model community of Tivoli Gardens. From petty gang violence of the 1960s to bloody political violence in the 1970's, Tivoli Gardens' reputation was far from good by the 1980s which saw the rise of Lester "Jim Brown" Coke, the successor to the don of the area in the 1970s, Claudie Massop. When Jim Brown died in 1992, his son, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, took over and that started the slippery slope that would become the community we know of today. Enduring three different incursions in the past 25 years, that led to the deaths of innocent civilians, the story of the model is still been written today, and it is not a happy read.
Song: Uptown Downtown - Dre Island
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