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Cities on Speed – Bogotá Change

February 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Democracy

During the early 1990’s Bogotá was the capital city of Colombia and by far the “worst city in the world”. Doomed by corruption, chaos, poverty and violence, Bogotá was at urban decay.

At the midst of collapse two creative politicians with radically new methods changed the city at a speed never imagined. This is the beautiful story of Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa two mayors who created citizenship, culture and democracy in a rotted city.

Upfront Films in collaboration of the Danish Film Institut and DR present a film of Andreas Dalsgaard.


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ruth Fruland // Mar 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for posting this film!

    Thomas Jefferson’s vision of democracy has been enacted in Bogota, where two quite different mayors have envisioned a just, civil society based on equality, and followed through with their actions by educating people with humor, and investing in the infrastructure (schools, transportation, health) to make civil urban society a reality.

    We in America, complacent that we “have” a democracy, are just awakening to our own reality of growing inequality, fraying infrastructure, and the need for sustainable visions and actions in our own cities. We can learn and be inspired by Bogota. What a great example – Thank you!

  • 2 M. // Apr 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Well, one can continue to dream about such things. Hope more people view this.

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