An atmosphere of ordered calm still pervades many of the neatly
built and carefully landscaped housing estates and military
facilities that are the legacy of the long US presence in
Panama. The manicured gentility of these Canal Zone areas was
always in stark contrast to the typically tropical disorder in
the 'other Panama,' which could be as close as just across the
Building on the US Legacy
Panama has not found it as easy as it had hoped to attract investment into areas once occupied by American troops. Development of the reverted areas has been plagued by false starts and delays.
When the US pulled out of Panama in 1999, the opportunity to
integrate the Canal Zone and its infrastructure into the
development of the nation presented itself as a historic
Yet capitalizing fully on these so-called 'reverted areas'
has proved to be more of a struggle than Panama was expecting.
Of all the assets set be the cornerstones of the country's
economic development over the next decades, few have aroused
While some of the reverted areas have been successfully
developed, time has been...
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