Modern and dynamic, are just a couple of words that describe Panama City today. In the recent decades, Panama City, with almost 500 years of history, has approved all the major investments in large structures throughout its land.
It is home to tall skyscrapers and neighborhoods of very low densities that extend to the suburbs and even spread to many other districts. There have also been huge investments in infrastructure, especially roads in and out of town.
However, this growth has not been accompanied by a comprehensive city plan. As a result, the city is full of social problems and urban design flaws that trigger all the urban chaos of which we are victims every day. The price tag to amend these flaws will probably be higher than its original cost. But the worst flaw is probably the lack of good will of the government and the very small amount of citizens who are really interested in improving the city without a preset agenda.
The urban and suburban regulations as well as the zoning law in Panama are obsolete and not sustainable. This model was used throughout the world in past decades. However, more cities are looking into different alternatives and more sustainable models. Hopefully someday Panama City will adopt a more sustainable city plan, for a city where walking and biking are encouraged and the investment in transportation, mobility and accessibility would truly look into a system that actually respond all the needs of the population.