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No Longer the Refugee from Panama

In this hodge-podge of architecture in Colon we may see many styles including the beautiful Art Deco. Pound for pound Colon has more architectural individuality than Panama City. The recent heated popular uprising in Colon attests to the kind of neglect and hostility our local governments have shown to the people of Colon and their desperate need for decent, affordable housing.

With my family and the few English speaking friends that I made in the short time that I had been in Colon I felt that I was prepared for what I envisioned as College or University training, and that my entry into a university was imminent as soon as I had enrolled in Colon’s “College.” The West Indian community, as I’ve explained before, called Colegio Abel Bravo “the College,” which to me meant literally the next thing to a University. Continue reading

The Housing Exoduses- City Living Not Much Better

An original image of Muller Building,
one of the largest rental buildings built to
house Westindian working men and their families
in downtown Calidonia, very close to the entrance to
the Zone. There is a post office branch right in front
(Correos Nacionales)
Image thanks to czbrats.com

These deplorable living conditions within the Westindian community on the Zone, the study further explained, gave rise to a series of problems owing to the decline in morale and efficiency of the group- problems of poor health and exposure to contagious disease. Following the revelations from the findings in this study housing on the Zone became a topic of careful consideration even when the dwelling units were quite limited in number by treaty restrictions to a small portion of employees. Continue reading