Urban planning innovation puts Colombia ahead of Canada

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Urban planning innovation puts Colombia ahead of Canada
In Medellin, Colombia, a network of outdoor escalators solved a major transit issue at a fraction of the cost of more traditional systems. // Image © CBC

The effectiveness of a city’s transit system does not have to be connected to the dollars spent — at least not in the example set by Medellin, Colombia.

Brent Toderian, a former Vancouver city planner, considers Medellin a model for urban creativity. Although it was once torn apart by violence and poverty, Medellin has managed to build an extensive transportation system at a fraction of the costs often seen in Canadian cities.

“It’s about repurposing technologies that are used elsewhere and realizing they can be helpful to a modern city,” Toderian told Chris Brown of CBC News in Medellin. ….

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