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September 04, 2007


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Kevin Beekman

That quote wasn't made by just "a planner in Bogota". That was Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor and the author of the script for the film.

Penalosa is a real visionary and I've been reading about him over the last few years. I first heard about him and the projects that he accomplished in Bogota a few years ago at the National Building Museum where the projects were being featured. (The exhibit is still available online:

Penalosa is a featured 'placemaker' on the website of the Project for Public Spaces:

The quote that most struck (one that I'll always remember): is the following:

"High quality public spaces bring people out. Safety increases; people enjoy their city and acquire a sense of belonging. More than sidewalks or bicycle paths, we built symbols of equality and respect for human dignity"

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