|Residents walk along a cobblestone street in La Candelaria.|
|Poor people walk uphill toward the |
However, since the early 2000s, thanks to Colombia's increased stability, lower crime rates and growing economy, La Candelaria has experienced something of a renaissance, with tourism, growing universities and rising property prices.
And now a study by Universidad Nacional students makes it official: La Candelaria is gentrifying.
|Dying breed? A neighborhood shop.|
As a result, says the study, "the traditional low-income residents are beginning to migrate to other parts of Bogotá, such as the south, which can be noticed by the replacement of shoemakers and bakeries with expensive restaurants."
Today, La Candelaria still feels like a neighborhood. But, as rising rents force out traditional residents, it may lose that and turn into a district of old buildings, quaint cafes and museums.
|Universities, such as the Catholic La Salle, have expanded, bringing more students and money to La Candelaria.|
|Increased police presence has made tourists and residents feel safer, altho crime remains a problem.|
|Traffic jams have become chronic in the historical center. But instead of discouraging private car use, officials are allowing the Externado University to build a huge parking garage on the hillside.|
|A few years ago, someone built this faux-old house on Calle 9.|
|Are those mushrooms behind these houses?|
|This multi-story apartment building going up on a cobblestone block of Carrera 3 doesn't look very colonial.|
|The Abadia Colonial Hotel was renovated by its Italian owner.|
|A beggar woman hawks flowers on a La Candelaria doorstep.|
|A delivery bike in front of a quaint store.|
|A view down Calle 10.|
|A theatre and the recently-renovated Muisca Hotel.|
|Tourists walk near La Plaza del Chorro.|
|Locals play their daily board game.|
|A used book store's doorway.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours