Parking Spaces Available

After more than two decades of intense construction activity in Panama City, there are almost no vacant lots available.  The whole area is populated with towers of different sizes and shapes.  The overabundance of automobiles doesn’t make the situation any easier.

The very few vacant lots are rented to park vehicles at a rate of a nickel per minute.  Ouch!  Take a look at the following sign in the neighborhood of San Francisco de la Caleta.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


10 thoughts on “Parking Spaces Available”

  1. Hola Omar,
    How is this done? I am guessing there is someone watching the lot and collecting the money? Does he have some way to record the time the car is parked? The sign looks professionally made, that must have cost a few Balboas.


    1. Hola Jim and Nena:

      Yes, they will place a person with a small desk and a chair at the site to collects the money after checking with his watch for the time the car has been parked in the site. Very simple and profitable.

      This is only temporary. Sooner than later, the site will be another boring tower. That has been the story for the last twenty years.



  2. I wish we could get someone to start doing that! Nothing is more frustrating than having to make use of a parking lot for only ten minutes, while having to pay by the hour or half-hour. If they keep accurate records, fifty cents for ten minutes is perfect.

    And even if you paid for an hour, that $3 is half of what the usual hour costs around here.

    1. Morning Linda;

      For us, paying $3.00 per hour to park your automobile is more than what many people are willing to pay; specially if you have to work within that perimeter. It is better to take a bus or a taxi to avoid these steep fees and leave your vehicle at home.



      1. Hmmm… that sounds like they don’t cap the fees. Here, the usual procedure is to have a maximum. After paying for one or two hours, then you’re good for the entire 24 hour period.

  3. Hmmm…
    I’m wondering now if this is just the watchiman making some extra cash while guarding the site? Those guys are everywhere and some are very inventive in seeing an opportunity. 🙂

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