Both within and beyond the City's bounds it's evident there's a whole other side of Panama that spans time and crosses era's. Immediately upon arrival, on the ride from Panama City airport into the City proper, it was evident that Panama is undergoing a another big transformation in context of a long history of change. I was shocked - as the plane crossed the mountains, out from the tropical forest abutting the Pacific sprouts a stand of glass, concrete, and steel towers. The skyline of Panama City - in a strictly North American context - approximates New York City's in scope, Miami's in color, San Francisco's in style, and Vancouver's in its laid back vibe... all overlain entirely with Latin and tropical threads.
The keystone to Panama City's arch through time (post-colonial), of course, is the one and only: the Panama Canal. It's not like a tower or building visible from any one point; though it is visible as a glimmer on the landscape when seen from one of the various mounts. The mark of the Canal on the citysphere is evident everywhere, from the cranes dotting the skyline to the layout of the city's districts and roads relative to the port. It's clear the Canal, and the geo- and domestic political and economic history surrounding it, have shaped the current city. Yet (as an outsider..) there seems to be something in the spirit of the (..history of the) genesis of the City that carries through all into even today.
At some points, I envisioned that in some places I was right in a spot to capture something of each era I'd sensed there.
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