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8 Things Pablo Escobar didn't want you to know about Colombia

Laura Grier | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
Laura Grier

My whole life I grew up hearing about the feuding drug cartels and cocaine trade of Colombia. I had the fear of God put in me by my mother to never...

Where to Eat in Bogotá

Travel + Leisure | Posted 01.20.2016 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Photo: Courtesy of Baita An increasingly diverse crowd of chefs is rapidly expanding the Colombian capital's culinary repertoire. Most of the act...

Bogotá Cannot Expect A Miracle

Camila Mendoza | Posted 01.13.2016 | Teen
Camila Mendoza

Bogotá, Colombia is a city brimming with life. Articles such as those from The New York Times have helped the city see an exponential growth in tour...

Colombia - The Jewel of South America, Part 1

Joan Moran | Posted 01.04.2016 | Travel
Joan Moran

I considered that my travel dream came true when I experienced the natural beauty and the exquisite wild animal life in South Africa last year. I had saved 10 years for that trip, and the reality of my tour was better than the projections of my dream.

Colombia - The Jewel of South America, Part 2

Joan Moran | Posted 12.29.2015 | Travel
Joan Moran

In the months before I went to Colombia on tour, I was reading a book called Salt. Did you know that salt was the most precious commodity since almost the existence of mankind? Salt linked every city, every country, and every tribe for thousands of years before the birth of Christ and thousands of years after.

Local Participation Integral to SDG Implementation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Some of the reasons for the limited success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) include lack of local participation and the top-down approach of the MDGs, without focusing on local needs and preferences.

What's it Like to be an Artist in Cuba?

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

Bogotà. One of its sunny Sundays, car-free, carefree day. Perfect conditions to absorb the energy of this dynamic city. Filling my eyes with the colo...

5 Dead, 7 Injured When Small Plane Crashes In Colombia Capital

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

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How to Integrate a New BRT System With Existing Transport Modes

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In Caracas, public transport was described as uncomfortable, inadequate and disorganized. Local authorities decided to implement a national transportation plan with a BRT system, which opened in 2012. However, the lack of integration with traditional means including Jeeps, combis, minibuses and standard buses, made it less attractive the urban poor.

Overachievers and Underachievers: Feed One. Starve the Other.

George Bradt | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Some achieve as they should. Some more. Some less. How much of that is due to peoples' natures? How much is due to how they were nurtured? And what are the implications for leadership?

Change Isn't the Greatest Political Challenge, Sustaining It Is

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

In my mind, this is a clear and powerful articulation of the elements critical to enabling cities to deal with our society's most intractable problems by thinking outside of the box.

Tracing Beethoven's Steps in Bogotá: Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

From July 8-12, Gustavo, his Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar from Caracas, and audiences at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, will trace together the steps of Beethoven's genius.

Formally Mapping Informality

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

One of the most valuable results of mapping informal settlements is highlighting that many self-built houses in the settlements are just as old as the city's first skyscrapers.

Exclusive Interview With Lulacruza - Part 1

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Electro-shamanic duo, Lulacruza (Luis Maurette and Alejandra Ortiz), are beautifying the sonic world with their earthly sounds and profound lyricism. A perfect blend of electronic and acoustic, the music of Lulacruza encompasses the spirit of humans, animals and nature.

Cars Don't Shop

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In a lively conversation, the two transportation leaders spent the night riffing on how the streets and public spaces revolution happened in New York and elsewhere and what might be in store for Los Angeles on Reynolds' watch.

Strong Earthquake Shakes Eastern Colombia

AP | By LIBARDO CARDONA | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake shook eastern Colombia on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and elsewhere but there were...

The Nightmare of Youth Unemployment and How to Fight It

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

High levels of youth unemployment may be one of cities' worst nightmares: not only does it signal and perpetuate a struggling economy, but high numbers of disengaged youth can lead to immense frustration across an entire generation, increased crime, and even revolt.

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Financial Services for Overlooked Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The growth of microfinance solutions to address pressing development challenges has brought many of the world's formerly "unbanked" into formal financial systems.

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying answer. Sometimes it's better to shrug and go on, which is what she does.

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

La ciudad de Montería ofrece un futuro a víctimas de la violencia en Colombia

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 12.13.2014 | Spain
Adriana Aristizábal

No cabe duda de que la ciudad de Montería llama la atención a nivel internacional, y que su modelo de generación de empleo no solo está mejorando la calidad de vida de sus habitantes, sino que además está reescribiendo la historia de una región para siempre.

Global Initiatives for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Every city faces a different local context when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS, and strategies must cater to local needs.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.