Territorial Planning

How to Kill a Beach

The photos shown are from Bella Vista, Panama and show how a beach and a mangrove disappear in the evolutionary / destructive process of urban construction without planning.

In this photo, the beach is shown in 1953, No road yet, with the entire mangrove at the top of the image.

Beautiful view 1

In this photo, in 1959, Just 8 years later you can see that there is already boulevard at the ends, and of course our friends from the yacht club looking for ideas to blow up the beach.

Beautiful view 2

1963, Only 10 years after the first photo, there is no beach, but the park is still there, the mangrove and the school where our parents played the top.

Beautiful view 3

2002, Where the school was there is a big shopping center, our friends from the yacht club evolved and although the park is still there, a building overlooks the sea and the mangrove is only a handful of trees in the middle of buildings.

Beautiful view 4

Someone will say that it is necessary to lose something for modernity, but I think there are imperceptible differences between a beach with the same motorway, but different planning criteria in the following photograph.

1 beach

Taken from the masterly exhibition by Alvaro Uribe, in The Fundamentals course Legal for Territorial Planning, in Guatemala.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. We are the center of the world in South America, here the consciousness begins to awaken but it is not enough to eliminate the voracity and responsibility of local municipalities in beaches and places unique for their habitat. The inhabitants already finished with mangroves in complicity with authorities, NGOs and shrimp companies. Salinas, Anconcito are sewer ports where authorities were divided and collapsed archaeological wealth.

    BellaVista has replicas with motels, landfills, casinos, oil and invasions in provinces: Santa Elena, Esmeraldas, Guayas and El Oro.

  2. In fact, they are not seen because the fact that the post was published in meneame, the hosting where the images are saved has exceeded the bandwidth.

    I'm sorry, I will try to locate the provider to increase the bandwidth ... I hope to solve it soon

    Greetings and lament the impasse

  3. I think the photos are no longer seen: S

  4. A Panamanian writes him, without a doubt the free spaces within this concrete jungle are exhausted ... But the truth is that that area that appears in the photos was an area that lacked sanitation for a long time with the intention, perhaps, of one day become what it is today ... A city with modern buildings that enrich even the richest. In short, we are surrounded by two oceans on both sides ... Does losing a little mangrove swamps reduce the ecology so much that by the way, being in the whole CENTER OF THE CITY, they subtract beauty and tourist interest?

  5. You know, I always tell the same thing, once I went from Malaga to Fuengirola, in between some villages, Alhaurin de La Torre, a village of white houses, to my left the most, to my right the mountains, it is night, Mountains, you saw the town, its lights dim light, if you looked at it carefully, and knowing how viruses attack, you'll see, we're doing the same with the earth, because, well at the base, full of lights, But they almost reached the 20% of the mountain, but if you kept looking, just like the viruses, there were more houses, which gradually filled this mountain.

    They are not only them, also in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, in the world, we are attacking as a virus.


  6. A real crime ... the penalty is that they are still being committed with the approval of politicians and others ...

  7. It is the sad reality, little by little the construction is turning into landfills and sites of little pleasure areas as touristy as a beach, until the site is so degraded that people do not mind building over ..

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