|Cable cars sail past the Biblioteca España in Medellin, which is a contender for 'the world's most innovative city' title.|
(Photo: Arquitectura Medellin on Flickr)
|Still not perfect: Medellin's impoverished, |
troubled and violent Comuna 13. (Photo: Wikipedia.com)
Instead, Medellin is now in fashion. Colombia's second city, still known mostly for Pablo Escobar and violent hillside slums, makes a great story thanks to its modern subway, cable cars swaying over those violent comunas and beautiful mountain-top library.
Probably, the shift is deserved. Medellin's subway has renewed the city's image, as well as transporting millions smoothly past traffic jams and dangerous neighborhoods. (But whether a subway would be the best option for a larger, flatter city like Bogotá is another question.) The cable cars and library, besides providing new services for residents of poor neighborhoods, have also helped reduce homicide rates, according to studies.
|Coming to Bogotá? A Medellin light rail station.|
Medellin is now a finalist, along with New York and Jerusalem, for the Wall Street Journal's 'the world's most innovative city' award. The winner won't be chosen scientifically, tho: apparently, people can vote as many times as they wish. With that policy, the highly-wired populations of New York and Israel have huge advantages.
Vote early, vote often for Medellin at:
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours