The Garden City of the Caribbean
Modern-day Georgetown may still bear the name of the "Garden City of the Caribbean," for its famously wide and tree-lined streets and canals, but very little of this beauty actually remains. Thanks to Dutch engineering, French planning, and British discipline, in the eighteenth century Georgetown was famed for its scenery. Unfortunately today the situation has fallen into disrepair. With a population of 215,000, which represents about 30 percent of the country's population, Georgetown is the administrative, commercial, and economic center of Guyana. While the city still retains the names of many of the imperial pretenders (Cummingsburg, Lacytown, Bourda Street, and Alberttown), most of the important sites of interest were destroyed in a fire in 1945. The Victoria Law Courts, the Parliament Building, Stabroek Market remain wonderful examples of how Georgetown must have looked. Colonial-era buildings dot several districts and are often overshadowed by obvious relics of an attempt at socialism in the 1970s. Georgetown is considered a dangerous city, so you would be well advised to exercise caution during the daytime and use taxis at night.