Medellín's Transformation: Towards a More Equitable, Innovative and Participatory Urban Society
By the end of the 20th century, Medell n was known for being one of the most violent and murderous cities in the world, a haven for drug trafficking, and a hub of poverty, inequality and social exclusion. However, in less than two decades, Medell n has been able to transform itself into a model of urban planning intervention, social resilience and one of the fastest growing urban economies in Latin America. The city's successful makeover has been achieved through a combination of equity-oriented and innovative policies aimed at poverty alleviation, social inclusion and spatial integration. The case describes the city's strategy and development plans of three consecutive municipal administrations: Mayors Sergio Fajardo (2004-2007), Alonso Salazar (2008 -2011) and An bal Gaviria (2012-2015). It summarizes the main projects, programs and initiatives behind the so-called Medell n miracle. The case also analyzes the future challenges of the current municipal government of Mayor Federico Guti rrez (2016-2020).