Medellin was a crime capital, but in a decade, through the leadership of the government and ambitious building projects, crime rate has steadily decreases. (despite the recent rise..) Community buildings are key in the poorest neighborhoods.
Medellin, Colombia: This city's name used to strike fear in peoples' hearts. In the 80s and early 90s, it was known as the
drug capital of the world and the
most violent city on the planet.
But Medellin has come a tremendous distance in less than a decade, thanks to a massive urban planning scheme, head up by the Movimiento Cívico Independiente since 2004.
Its main focus? The greening and improvement of public space to encourage community building.
Main points of the plan include every green urbanite's dream: improvement of diminished neighborhoods, library-parks, new schools and kindergartens, social housing, pedestrianization and greening of streets, new public transport and better security.
"The Medellin Development Plan gives public space and public buildings the most relevant value, to encourage the meeting of citizens as this is the best scenario to build a better society and a better living," says Sebastian Alvarez Diaz, Secretary of Public Works at the Medellin municipality.
Can the same be done in Caldas through health-driven or farming related community projects?