Toussaint Singh, barber, Nelson Street, Port-of Spain:
I will love to see the beauty of Port-of-Spain come back and all live as a happy family for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago.
Presently, Port-of-Spain needs revamping and restructuring, morally, spiritually and otherwise. It was not like it used to be 60 years ago. Too much crime.
The City Corporation needs to pay more attention to cleaning the streets and drains which emanate a foul stench. Before, we never get any stench. This is unfair as people have to work in an environment that is polluted.
Politicians should focus on having new development plans for Port-of- Spain and its future.
Ayoub Kabli, tradesman, Charlotte Street:
I've been doing business for 20 years in Port-of-Spain. It has always been the heartbeat of the Caribbean and not only Trinidad. You can get anything you want here, it's a wonderful place, it's very cosmopolitan, businessmen and merchants come from all over.
Port-of-Spain is a very nice place. I love it. I was born in Morocco, this is the closest thing to home to me. I love this country.
Get rid of the vagrants, vagrancy is a very bad problem. They're making the place dirty, urinating all over the place in front businesses, that's the only eyesore.
You can mark anywhere on Charlotte Street, one day you park on the left, next day it's right; you just have to read the signs.
Lincon “Cripple” Griffith, barber, Charlotte Street:
It's a combination of factors why people from all over the country come to town. Charlotte Street is known for bargains and good prices, it's supposed to have more variety than everywhere else and more choices.
Crime is not only an issue for Port-of-Spain, but the country in general.
Kendon Joachim, 32, firefighter, Duncan Street:
Not everybody could afford to go and shop in those two conglomerate supermarkets.
There are certain businesses on Charlotte Street that sell similar products and cater for a certain bracket of people from the surrounding areas and beyond.
I want to see more representation from our respective MPs and councillors and interaction with the people on the ground.
Neil Wilson, pensioner, 71, Duncan Street:
In my time going to school, it wasn't called South East Port-of-Spain, it was called Market School or Eastern Boys Government School.
We were into steelpan with Blue Diamonds, coming from school we went to the pan yard.
This kept us occupied and we didn't have time for crime.
The music was something to stimulate our senses, we would memorise about ten to 20 tunes which was enough to keep us out of trouble.
What I would like to see for the youths is an emphasis on education.
Aadil Hosein, Manager Hosein's Roti Shop:
We have three branches in Port-of-Spain for 30 plus years. The first branch of Hosein's was on Queen and George Street, the Independence Square and Henry Street branch has been there for more than 20 years and the Charlotte Street branch has been there for 15 years. The only deterrent we have is crime and it is the main issue facing all our shops.