Development

Pana-Maxing Out

September 19, 2011 | by Nathaniel Popkin

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.

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Nathaniel Popkin Hidden City Daily co-founder Nathaniel Popkinā€™s latest novel, "The Year of the Return," explores race and loss in a year of upheaval, 1976. His book To "Reach the Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in an Age of Eco-Crisis" is forthcoming in December 2020.

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