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Colón, Panama

In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the city of Colón, which in many ways is the counterpoint to Panama City, which is located on the opposite end of the Panama Canal.

Aside from Panama City’s colonial old town, nowhere else in Panama has the same architectural charm—except for Colon.

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Colon was full of potential during its early 20th century glory days. But the fall from grace during the past 70 years or so has been drastic: unemployment is high, public health is poor, and crime is frequent.

But don’t write off Colon entirely. The government of Panama is making a push to revitalize Colon. Hundreds of millions have been announced in funding for projects to build homes, develop infrastructure, and beautify the city’s streets and parks.