Pana-Maxing Out

Packer Avenue Marine Terminal Photo by Bradley Maule, PhillySkyline.com

The Panama Canal will celebrate its 100th anniversary, in 2014, with its first ever expansion, adding about 50% more capacity. When the project is completed, 50 ships will pass through the canal per day.

Does that mean more port business for Philadelphia?

Potentially so: the Port of Philadelphia handles more Chilean fruit than any other in the US, 328,904 metric tons in 2010. With the new Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market on-line, demand is likely to rise. But not only for fruit. Also from the Panama Canal route: in February and March, crop and flower seeds from Chile and Argentina.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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