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Ruins of Infrastructure (May 2016): The Muelle Central (Central Pier) juts out from the coastline of Puerto Armuelles, Panama into the Pacific Ocean. This pier was once the primary loading dock for the massive banana boats that brought great wealth to Puerto Armuelles during the banana boom of the early 20th century. Now, the wooden structure is in extreme disrepair...a symbol of the poverty stricken state of the community since the departure of the major banana companies in the 1960s and 1970s. The people living in Puerto Armuelles have transformed the pier into a popular fishing spot. The steel boat ties that once secured the banana boats now serve as seats for the tired fisher folk. Just beyond the pier, oversized tires and railroad ties have been repurposed as swingsets and park benches for the children. It is common to find the infrastructural ruins of Puerto Armuelles' prosperous past hidden throughout the community. While economic booms come and go, the infrastructure often remains and the communities fight to move on from their moment of "progress". But, that complicated past is always present...appearing in various ways throughout the landscape of the town.