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"We Inherited A City Built Without Planning" - Mayor Mendez

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Roxana Mendez - The Mayor of Panama City
Roxana Mendez - The Mayor of Panama City
The situation currently facing the Urraca Park, where sewage has invaded the place, is because they inherited a city that grew up without proper planning. This was announced on Wednesday, 11 July 2012, by the Mayor of Panama City Roxana Mendez, who said the growth of the buildings has not been accompanied by those of water and sewer infrastructure. "We see that the systems are collapsing, causing flooding," said Mendez on TVN Noticias.

Projects - So, Mendez said office of the Mayor of Panama has had to "hard work and in coordination with the authorities." She said the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems has been working on the pipe near Parque Urraca since last week. But now it turns out the damage was greater than anticipated, she said. However, the mayor said IDAAN crews will continue working on Wednesday in the park. "They have to see how to make corrections," said the official. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how the massive expansion of new high rise apartment buildings, as well as the construction of new hotels and commercial spaces would overburden every type of city infrastructure system - water, sewer, roads, communications, electrical, etc. And no, there was no overall urban development plan. Under the administration of Martin Torrijos as the president, Balbina Herrera as the Minister of Housing, and Juan Carlos Navarro as the Mayor of Panama City (all PRD politicians) they changed zoning on the fly and issued construction permits pretty much at will, with no thought, consideration, or concern over the possibility of overtaxing the city's fundamental underlying infrastructure systems. So, it should be a surprise to no one that some of these are now starting to collapse under the strain, and the administration of Ricardo Martinelli and Roxana Mendez (both CD) are left to clean up the mess. And who's giving them shit in the press because there's shit in the park? The PRD. Ironic, eh?

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\"We Inherited A City Built Without Planning\" - Mayor Mendez
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, July 11 2012 @ 11:08 AM EDT

Visiting a good friend undergoing a clogged heart operation, I couldn’t help somewhat associating his unfortunate plight with the awful traffic jams we are experiencing today. For decades politicians neglected the city’s red vial, a ticking time bomb that finally exploded right in our faces. But back in the hospital operating room, do you think the patient should resent the surgeon doing the artery by-passes to fix the blood flow? Who do we blame for all the discomfort the city’s red vial modernization is causing us today? The man in charge of the urban renewal program underway or the criminal negligence of our previous governments.

\"We Inherited A City Built Without Planning\" - Mayor Mendez
Authored by: oldmanandthesea on Wednesday, July 11 2012 @ 09:06 PM EDT

When I first came to Panama 10 years ago I asked the question: "If people don't have to pay property tax on all of those new buildings, how in the hell are they going to pay to maintain the infrastructure?" Well the answer was quite simple, they didn't maintain it. And now they're paying the price, big time.

Clyde Jenkins

\"We Inherited A City Built Without Planning\" - Mayor Mendez
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 12 2012 @ 05:27 PM EDT

Boy oh boy, you got that right..remember the rocket scientist trio of Torrijos-Balbina-and Varela approving so many holes in the ground, and remember that several of those foundation holes stayed as holes as the developers absconded with the deposits in the ground?Time and time again it happened. I remember lots of investors getting burned. But, of course, by then the fees for the building permits, payments for approvals had been paid. Inspectors? What inspectors? I have been told by a die hard PRD supporter that there is no problem with the infrastructure all along the sites of the construction boom on Avenida Balboa. Well, maybe just when it rains and all the side streets flood ...and flood car deep..You simply have look at the empty F&F Tower..a monument to brilliant architectural design, imagination and a complete lack of governmental oversight.. as it tilts and sinks slowly into the ground..Simply, the PRD saw the city as their cash cow to be milked at will, with the fees and payments for permits and the kickbacks to fund their families and cronies and solidify their operations in the interior..and indeed look at the transformations happening the that same old cast of characters we have come to know and love.. Bobby Velasquez is talking about honesty and integrity...Balbina is suddenly worried about the damage to the environment and Mayor Varela has new ideas for all Panamanians..(just look around the city at all the old ones..that the new Mayor has to deal with)
The PRD are shrewd and I wouldn't count them out as they are counting on the electorate having the memory of a mosquito's willy.But no matter what...don't change the channel, I love this show.

\"We Inherited A City Built Without Planning\" - Mayor Mendez
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 22 2012 @ 02:15 PM EDT

Can somebody please clarify the current up to date list of collapsing buildings?
Cant be too safe these days, Thanks