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Colombia's Medellin - The Future of Metropolitan Living

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August 1, 2014

Houston Chronicle

Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombian Ambassador to the United States

In the 1990s, who would have thought that a city renowned for drug trafficking and lawlessness could become one of the most innovative and burgeoning metropolises in the world? Today, Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city and its industrial capital, is a microcosm of the remarkable transformation that has taken place all over Colombia. Named the 2013 "Innovative City of the Year" by Citi, the Urban Institute and The Wall Street Journal, Medellín now represents the future of metropolitan living - a shining  example of how urban design can advance social cohesion and sustainable development.