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Volume 17, Number 12
November 20, 2011
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Also in this section:
Einstein's head gets a makeover
Not your usual holiday feast
Poinsettias
Panama sets hours when alcohol can't be sold
Half of the vets coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq need medical attention
Scenes from the Coronado bake sale & craft market
The Rag
Not actually the oldest building code --- but it certainly does apply
Get your 2012 Spay Panama Calendar
The coronation of a new Congo Queen
Veterans Day in Panama
Panama bobsledders closing in on the bat out of Hell, could qualify for the Olympics
Guillermo Jones retains his WBA cruiserweight title: the whole fight on video
Dutch grand master wins Panama Chess Open
Flag Day in Yaviza
Independence Day in San Carlos
Independence Day in the Casco Viejo
Americans abroad: get your US voting rights in order

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Not everybody's happy with what the city's doing
Einstein gets a makeover
photos by José F. Ponce

Plaza Einstein, one of the tiniest of Panama City's parks, is known for the Albert Einstein head sculpture that's one of the capital's best-known landmarks. Over the past dozen or so years there have been conflicting, controversial and not particularly expert notions about what to do with the area, and some of the people in the neighborhood are mighty displeased that it's getting change again, to add a little sidewalk, take out some hedges and a low brick wall, and put in some park benches.

The two ficus trees on the downhill side are an old mistake. They obstruct drivers' vision and make the area more dangerous for pedestrians and thos in vehicles alike. Theoretically they might grow to frame a view of the sculpture and get tall enough so that the foiliage would not obstruct the view of the street --- but at that size the roots would be playing havoc with the curbs, gutters and street. The other things that were installed during Juan Carlos Navarro's administration may have kept a few city maintenance people busy, but they really didn't enhance the view of the landmark.

Those who don't like the changes tend to prefer a minimalist park with the Einstein head, grass and a couple of small lights to illuminate the sculpture at night. In some cases they are more annoyed at not being consulted than by the changes themselves.







   
 

Also in this section:
Einstein's head gets a makeover
Not your usual holiday feast
Poinsettias
Panama sets hours when alcohol can't be sold
Half of the vets coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq need medical attention
Scenes from the Coronado bake sale & craft market
The Rag
Not actually the oldest building code --- but it certainly does apply
Get your 2012 Spay Panama Calendar
The coronation of a new Congo Queen
Veterans Day in Panama
Panama bobsledders closing in on the bat out of Hell, could qualify for the Olympics
Guillermo Jones retains his WBA cruiserweight title: the whole fight on video
Dutch grand master wins Panama Chess Open
Flag Day in Yaviza
Independence Day in San Carlos
Independence Day in the Casco Viejo
Americans abroad: get your US voting rights in order




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