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.