A Tale of Two Cities
Over the last decade, Colombia has been a touchstone of what good design and enlightened politics can do for cities. If Barcelona was the urban exemplar of the 1990s, urbanists these days are more likely to mention Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and its second city, Medellín. In both cities, a succession of dynamic mayors has used transport infrastructure and new public buildings as tools of social change. But this tale of two cities doesn’t come with two happy endings.
[Top Image: Medellín's cable car is one of the many innovations contributing to the city's brand of "social urbanism." Photo by Flickr user santiogovm]