Urban Development Within the Panama Old Shell

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

As urban development takes place on the historic Panama City’s Old Shell, the area has several new kids on the blocks.  Old wooden houses built for blue-collar workers of the Panama Canal, gave way to the construction of new buildings.  New construction materials were introduced, like metal, steel, cement and glass.

The picture above is a typical example of how the Old Shell is morphing into a more modern neighborhood.  Slowly the old wooden houses are being replaced by more modern ones.  Fire, and the tear and wear of time is breaking up those historic structures down and very little, or nothing at all, is being done to restore them back as they were during their years of splendor and glory.

I wonder what house was destroyed before this new building was erected?  Maybe very few people will even remember such a old wooden house ever existed, since they have all passed away.  It is very sad for me to see how collective amnesia is taking over the country.  I feel we should take care of our heritage and our history.  It is our responsibility and obligation towards the generations to come.

Good Day!


6 thoughts on “Urban Development Within the Panama Old Shell”

  1. I have some photos of the old house that are the same you were talking about would you like me to send them to you?

    1. Morning Janet:

      Yes, please. That would be great, and if you authorize me, I could include them in future posts to further enhance the knowledge of how the Old Shell looked like in its prime years.

      You are very kind in offering photographs of this historic site in Panama City.

      Best Regards,


      1. Hi, My name is Janet not Karen. How should I send you the photo of the old houses of Panama? If you give me your e-mail I could send them that way. There are only two photos.
        Thanks, Janet

    1. Hello Barbara:

      The goal of the project is to preserve, at least in images, the old buildings of the Old Shell of Panama City, and how it is gradually changing due to the pressure of urban development.

      Thank you for your comments. I appreciate the time you dedicate to make them on a regular basis.

      Best Regards,


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