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Panama City revival By Eric Vohr, Special to Tribune Newspapers December 18, 2013
Panama City revival
American ex-pats help rebuild a once-decaying district of the capital
By Eric Vohr, Special to Tribune Newspapers December 18, 2013
PANAMA CITY — This Central American nation is fast becoming a prime destination for winter travelers looking to trade cold and slush for sun and surf. But this country's riches are found not only in its tropical jungles and white sand beaches; one of Panama's hottest new destinations is right in the heart of the capital's historic district.
Founded in the 17th century, Panama City's colonial district of Casco Viejo once was the hub of Panamanian culture and civilization. Jutting into the Gulf of Panama on the Pacific side, the district sits on a peninsula chosen for defense against pirates. Casco later fell into neglect as the modern city center sprouted its skyscrapers across the bay.
But now Casco is experiencing a renaissance due in part to the efforts of American expatriates. U.S. influence isn't unusual here; for most of the 20th century, the United States held a corridor bisecting the country along the Panama Canal… http://www.baltimoresun.com/travel/sc-trav-1217-panama-hot-spot-20131218,0,250641.story
Panama City revival By Eric Vohr, Special to Tribune Newspapers December 18, 2013*****
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