When you mention Columbia here most people think about drugs like cocaine and maybe they remember stuff about Pablo Escobar. If you think Coatesville has a murder and drug problem, check out Medellín.
“Obviously it’s not just that we built and renovated schools,” he said. “You have to work on the quality of teaching and nutrition in conjunction with architecture. But the larger point is that the goal of government should be providing rich and poor with the same quality education, transportation and public architecture. In that way you increase the sense of ownership.”
“Twenty-odd years ago, this was Pablo Escobar’s town, with an annual homicide rate that peaked at 381 per 100,000.”
May 18, 2012
By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
FOR some time now, if you asked architects and urban planners for proof of the power of public architecture and public space to remake the fortunes of a city, they’d point here.”