Panama City’s Central Avenue shopping strip is set to receive a face-lift, according to remarks made by the city’s mayor, Jose Isabel Blandon.
The plan for upgrading the area includes better regulations of signs, building facades, and disposal of waste, improved security, better access to public washrooms, increased lighting, and perhaps also increased Metrobus traffic to the area.
The Central Avenue strip, also known as Salsipuedes, features many vending stalls. While a few backpackers can be spotted shopping along the strip, the stalls focus mostly on local shoppers and less on tourists. For those willing to make the visit, the prices are cheaper than those found at the Multiplaza or Multicentro malls.
The announcement is yet another public-works project in Panama City that will be sure to help attract more tourists. Tourism has become an increasingly important revenue source for Panama, becoming on par in recent years with revenue from the Panama Canal.
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