Medellín — From pariah to poster child
March 10, 2017, 12 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.
Medellín was the murder capital of the world during the drug wars of the 1990s. Today it is regarded as a role model of inclusive urban development and it was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most innovative cities in the world. It is noted for its innovations in education, food, community building, urban design and transportation that support equity, liveability and quality of life for all. Medellín reconnected its citizens to the river by burying motorways and creating new public spaces and housing. The city also implemented a range of public transit innovations, such as cable-car gondolas, light rail, bus rapid transit systems and bike-sharing programs. In this webinar, you will also hear about the work done in the Comunas with public escalators, new libraries and other social infrastructure. Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, the former director of planning for Medellín, will share his insights on the city's transformation over the past 15 years.