|Residents in El Parkway, in Teusaquillo, |
designed by Austrian architect Karl Brunner.
|Passers-by watch work on an expansion of |
Parque de la Independencia.
Bogotá's public space has also been boosted over the last decade by the spaces created in conjuction with TransMilenio line construction. A law requiring all new buildings to devote 30 to 40 percent of their areas to public space has been irregularly enforced, according to El Tiempo.
|Bogotá seen from its Eastern Hills. A very dense city, does Bogotá need more public space?|
|In an industrial neighborhood in west-central Bogotá a |
metal tree stands in for park space.
|Books about public space in the Museo de Bogotá.|
According to El Espectador, Teusaquillo (which has Simon Bolivar Park within its boundaries) leads the city with 21 square meters of public space per inhabitant. Chapinero has 7.4 square meters, Los Martires 3.3, Ciudad Bolivar 2.9, La Candelaria 2.2, Kennedy 1.4 and Suba only 0.6. The numbers were generated by MapCity.
The city official best known for creating and improving public spaces was Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, who created Tercer Milenio Park and recovered plazas which had been occupied by illegal vendors. Austrian architect Karl Brunner created the Parkway, a popular park which cuts diagonally thru the Teusaquillo neighborhood.
|Men walk thru Parque Tercer Milenio, created after the El Cartucho neighborhood was bulldozed. Behind them are Bogotá's Eastern Hills, which are slowly being privatized.|
|Young girls pedaling on La Ciclovia, which turns hundreds of kilometers of avenues into recreation space every Sunday.|
|Cyclists on Bogotá's Sunday Ciclovia, which turns hundreds of kilometers of avenues into recreation space.|
|Parque El Renacimiento was created on what was the Children's Cemetery.|
|Privatization of public space by the wealthy: Cars parked on Plaza Santander.|
|An overhead view of the expansion of Parque de la Independencia.|
|Cyclists on Ave. Septima, which has been turned car-free during the day by Mayor Gustavo Petro.|
|A missing monument along Calle 26.|
|Examples of award-winning public spaces in Europe on display in the Museo de Bogotá.|
|Public space created beside a TransMilenio station in central Bogotá.|
|Soccer players in the evening in Parque Tercer Milenio.|
|Factory workers play soccer in a street in an industrial neighborhood of Bogotá with almost no park space.|
|Workers nap during their lunch hour in a pocket park in central Bogotá.|
|Homeless people in the trashy Plaza España.|
|A delapidated bridge in the Parque Nacional in Bogotá.|
|A newly-built pedestrian bridge in central Bogotá.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours