Westland in Panama

During my recent trip to the countryside, specifically to capture the verdure of the area, the Centennial Bridge and the New Year’s stuffed figures, I happened into a colorful mall on the outskirts of Arraijan.  Arraijan is a small town populated mostly by people who work in the metropolis.  You can say it’s the bedroom of the big city.  The traffic from Arraijan and Chorrera to the nation’s capital is tortuous.

For many years Panama had an asynchronous growth.  The country was divided in two:  Panama City and the rest of the nation.  Most if not all public and private investments were made in the capital city.  The countryside received the crumbs of the national budget.

This growth model has changed 180 degrees.  The policy of the current administration is to balance out the growth throughout the country.  Thus development centers are sprouting everywhere.  One example of this balanced development are the improvements made to: Enrique Malek’s Airport in David, Isla Colón, and Changuinola in Bocas del Toro.  A brand new airport was built in Río Hato and another in Colon City on the Atlantic Side of the isthmus.  These public works are creating jobs and demand of goods and services.

Shopping malls are sprouting in Arraijan, Chame, Coronado, David, Boquete, Chitré and a lot of other places which I can’t remember at this moment.  Westland in Arraijan is a typical example of the rural economic growth previously described.  Here we go. (Click images to expand.)

Snapshot of Westland Mall in Arraijan, a small town West of Panama City. I enjoyed the bright colors of the buildings. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

There are more pictures of Panama’s picturesque countryside in the works.  Good Day.


2 thoughts on “Westland in Panama”

  1. The same sort of growth is taking place around Houston. Even hospitals and large companies are establishing “satellite” locations as the suburbs grow. As the commute has become more tortuous (exactly the right word!) people have become more and more reluctant to spend hours in their car every day. Market forces are beginning to accomplish what city planners couldn’t. 😉

  2. Hi Linda:

    Driving in Panama has become a real headache. We are waiting with great expectations the new subway which is scheduled to start operating sometime in February 2014. If it works, I’ll leave my vehicle at home and use it only with it’s absolute necessary.

    Many people are planning to do the same thing. City planner should get a failing grade for their terrible performance. The city is growing on automatic pilot.

    Warm Regards,


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