Urban revitalization is one of those things that can be understood several ways. Everyone has an opinion and a vision, but time is the ultimate judge. Whenever a city that has followed the fake Disneyland approach the results are far less compelling than the ones who follow a more difficult but yet richer and more authentic path: to take each stone, each corner and be true to it and its habitants.
For Casco Antiguo, Panama, the danger of becoming Disney is very much alive. Fortunately, it isn´t the community´s vision, for which they´ve been working daily to keep it real. Check out this article about another city who is making the same choices. So many paralel features with Casco Antiguo! It is an article worth reading.