|Children play basketball with downtown Bogotá in |
the background. Soon, the towers will be taller.
Mayor Petro made two policy decisions this week, which, if carried out, will mark the city's future permanently.
And they'll make for a better city - if they're implemented well. This means no hectares or even square kilometers of uninterrupted houses. Instead, Petro's Bogotá is to be built of mixed use neighborhoods - streets with businesses on street level and housing above, or at least with business streets and residential ones side-by-side.
|A mixed-use street in La Candelaria, with shops, |
apartments, restaurants and a university.
|Traffic congestion in front of the construction site of |
BD Bacata tower. If traffic is this bad now, what will happen
when the tower's completed?
|The Torre Bicentenario on Plaza del Periodista |
is almost finished.
|Shops on Ave. 19. Across the street are|
hotels and apartments.
|A street in La Candelaria, with shops, restaurants, |
a dance studio, hostels and apartments.
A case in point is the BD Bacata hotel/office/shopping tower being built on 19th Avenue in downtown Bogotá. If completed as planned, it'll be Colombia's tallest building. But the traffic nearby is already chaotic. Such a mammoth building will make traffic a nightmare unless the city takes action, such as building the light rail line planned for Ave. Septima and putting a TransMilenio line or other rational transit on 19th. A subway station would also be great - but Bogotá's first subway line is still at least a decade and billions of dollars in the future.
Fortunately, they still have time - the Bacata's foundation is still being laid.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours