Friday, May 06 2011 @ 12:46 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Front of the Santo Tomas Hospital on Balboa Avenue in Panama City, Panama
Editor's Comment: The land in question is the area (roughly) marked in the red box on the above annotated image. The old US embassy is now gone. The structure has been completely demolished and the rubble hauled away. The land next to the former US embassy is also owned by the government of Panama, and it will be used as part of the footprint for the new "Financial Tower" project. And of course, there are people who are opposed to this project - because no matter what happens you can bet that someone will come out in opposition. From a strictly economical point of view this project is a good idea for the government, because right now they are shelling out millions of dollars per month in rent. And, the facilities they are renting are old, worn out, too small, not comfortable or very functional, etc.