Thanks Kathryn McKenzie of the Worldviews Project for introducing me to this documentary. It intricately shows the history of how Bogota Colombia has changed from a “hellhole” to a vibrant city with international investment, and functioning amenities. Here are some stats from the transformation:
-1.6 Million Bogotanos use the rapid bus system daily.
-400,000 Bogotanos use their bike daily.
-A 22% drop in personal automobile usage.
-1,100 new neighbourhood parks.
-15 New libraries, with more than 400,000 weekly users.
-All major roadways are car-free on Sunday mornings.
-98.5% of childern go to school.
-All residents have electricity, water, and sewage in their homes.
-Traffic deaths dropped by 50%
-Homicides dropped by 50%
To see how all of this was done, watch the following:
What Bogota Colombia has done in the past 20 years is nothing short of amazing. This documentary has outlined extremely well how it was accomplished. Medellin has had a similar transformation. To think that the city I live in was a literal narco war zone just 20 years ago is amazing.