A Columbian City Used Urban Planning to fight Violent Cartels and Won*

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A Columbian City Used Urban Planning to fight Violent Cartels and Won*

By Victoria Stunt

Medellín, Colombia, is a place that was long known as the most dangerous city in the world. It suffered a death rate of 380 per 100,000 people in 1991—6,349 murders in a single year.

A little girl, about three years old, is the only passenger on a miniature merry-go-round. The tiny horses are delicately painted. A tattered “Pilsen” beer umbrella is used to shade them, instead of the usual over-decorated roof that merry-go-rounds often have. I point out to my friend a large beer bottle sitting underneath, near the old man operating the ride.

A few feet away three men are smoking against a railing in front of their Yamaha motorcycles. Their hats sit high up on their foreheads. One guy is wearing a rosary.

We sit on the ledge near the men to take…

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