Construction Boom in the Former Panama Canal Zone

After the Canal Zone was turned over by the United States to Panama, there has been a consistent construction activity in the area.  Hotels, restaurants, museums, housing projects, bridges, highways, airports and other installations are being built day and night.

Just getting there is difficult for me, since most of the streets I knew have been modified, plus the traffic volume has increased tremendously.   Since many government agencies have moved their offices to this area, many people are either taking a bus or driving to work.  This creates traffic jams during the whole day, not only at rush hours.

Sometimes I wonder if excessive building contributes to the quality of life of a city dweller or makes his life more difficult.  Keeping a balance between progress or status quo is a challenging act.  At my age I prefer to live outside urban areas where you can enjoy the slow pace of small communities.  My wife and I are giving a serious thought whether we should sell our home and head towards the countryside.  Excessive progress is not my cup of tea anymore; albeit it’s interesting to know what is going on.

Snapshot of an expansion of a street that used to divide Panama City and the Canal Zone. This is a typical example of the consistent construction work underway in the late Panama Canal Zone. The same thing is happening within downtown Panama City as well. Panama is being turned upside down even as we speak all over the country. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a large sign announcing the inauguration of the Tryp Panamá Hotel-Albrook Mall. Many hotels are operating in this area of Panama City taking advantage of the views to the ships transiting through the Panama Canal. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

4 thoughts on “Construction Boom in the Former Panama Canal Zone”

  1. Hello Linda:

    I hear you loud and clear. Heavy traffic drives you crazy, day in and day out. BTW, my vehicle’s muffler broke down yesterday. Need to take it to the mechanic tomorrow. Grrrr.

    Take Care,


  2. Hi Omar:
    Normally I would say, “Get your self to the country.” However, does the country come with twisters???

    1. Hi Jim:

      Sorry Jim, but I don’t understand the question. Never heard the expression “get yourself to the country” and its relationship with twisters. (Confusion surrounds me.)



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