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Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá from 1998 to 2001, is credited with bringing major changes to the Colombian capital, including the library system, parks, the bus rapid transit (BRT) system and improving hundreds of poor schools. He talks to Alia Dharssi at the LSE Urban Age conference in Delhi about how he got things done, rethinking urban planning and pedestrian-friendly cities.

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Colombo's growth pains

Five years out from the civil war, Marco Picardi recalls his tour of the capital, where billboards paper over an all-too-common logic of modernisation, eviction, and lack of compensation.

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Boston and the healing of an urban wound

Unlike a wound to the body, the marks left behind a wound to a city may be of the city's own designs, in the form of a memorial. A memorial which Sam Valentine argues is now needed to restore dignity to the act of remembrance.

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The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.

Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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