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Local governance, urban mobility and poverty reduction. Lessons from Medellin, Colombia

Grant reference: RES-167-25-0562

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Seminar/workshop details

Technological fixes, urban governance and poverty : Medellin's metrocables
Medellín’s ‘social urbanism’ represents a new generation of urban upgrading programmes. In Colombia’s second largest city, with a recent history of violence and social inequality, the audacious use of well-established ski-slope aerial cable-car technology in dense and hilly low-income informal settlements was followed by major neighbourhood upgrading comprising new social housing, schools and other social infrastructure, as well as support to micro-enterprises. Although such programmes and the symbolic value of cable car systems have instilled among the local population a feeling of inclusion and integration into the ‘modern’ city, they can also be understood as mechanisms for the ‘normalisation’ of informal sectors of the city.

Primary contributor

Author Julio Davila

Bodies involved

Host University of Miami

Additional details

08 November 2012
Miami, FL
08 November 2012