As a Bogotano, I’m always excited to hear and see good things from my own city. This video happens to be a crash course in how the city transformed itself in a short time, with great images of what happened and the challenges that still remain to be solved. If you have some spare time and interest in this extraordinary case, just click on the link below:
Premiere Date: 03/06/2008
TV Rating: TV-G
Episode: Bogota: Building a Sustainable City
Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, transformed one of the most chaotic cities in the world into a shining model of urban planning. He reformed public transport, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world, but along the way he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.
Hopefully Angelina Jolie knows a little more about Bogotá after watching the video, since the script is read by Brad Pitt. You will also hear from locally recognized journalists and architects; Enrique Peñalosa, former major of Bogotá; and Angélica Castro, former General Manager of TransMilenio, among others. But the real protagonists of the story are the sidewalks, the plazas, the bikeways, TransMilenio, and the Bogotanos, young and old, that are enjoying a transformed city. Share the joy!