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Panama Vieja and Casco Viejo

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The Colorful Cans of Casco

Casco Viejo, the old city of Panama is undergoing rapid gentrification. Old buildings and houses are being restored to restaurants, hotels and townhomes. Walking the cobblestone streets of this historic quarter reminds me of Habana, Cuba, absent the classic cars. This area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. Unique to Casco, is the ubiquitous painted trash cans. Old, dirty, metal trash cans can be found on almost every street of Casco Viejo, but each one is uniquely painted in bright colors. I almost felt privileged tossing my trash into these beautiful cans!