|Stalled: Bogotá failed on movility.|
The report, by El Tiempo newspaper, La Javeriana University, Fundación Corona and the Chamber of Commerce for 2010, entitled 'The Quality of Life in Bogotá is at Risk,' finds improvement in health and education, lack of improvement in air pollution and worsening crime and traffic congestion, and a shortage of housing.
|Improving: Students on an outing near La Plaza del Chorro.|
The average speed of public transit dropped from 21 to 19 km/hr and private vehicles from 25 to 23.8 km/hr. That's not surprising, considering all the road work going on, particularly Phase III of the Transmilenio expansion. The project was necessary, but certainly could have been carried out faster and more efficiently - and with less scandal.
Homicides rose from 26 per 100,000 people in 2009 to 2007 in 2010, and violent deaths rose from 36 per 100,000 people to 47 in 2010. Why Colombia persists with such a high homicide rate - more than double Mexico's, for example - I can not comprehend. Colombians are nice, wonderful people. Is it their fondness for drinking? Too many guns floating around?
|Just shut your eyes: a belching|
smokestack near Palo Quemao.
But in a city whose mayor has been suspended and his senator brother imprisoned in a corruption-related scandal, who can expect authorities to enforce such boring things as pollution laws?
|Near La Candelaria, a new TM station is nearly completed.|
Bogotá How Are We Doing, Sept. 2010 entry
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours