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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Eklip's Medellin photos

Just finished posting the serie on the french forum, so I can start doing it here:

Medellin is known for being the capital of the "paisa" region, in north-western Colombia who's inhabitants have the reputation of being very business oriented (before going, some friends in Bogota joked that people will manage to sell me tons of gadgets I don't need in Medellin). It is one of the richest cities in the country and is the only one to have a metro. However, as usual in latin-America, it being rich does not mean it isn't poor.... the city, like the rest of the country has very strong inequalities. Colombia's president, Alvaro Uribe is from Medellin.


It is, in size, the second biggest city in the country and is known foir being halfway between Bogota, the cold and work oriented capital and Cali, the third city, more tropical closer to sea levels (in Colombia the lower the altitude the more "tropical" a place is) known for the warmth of it's inhabitants, for salsa music and for having the most beautifull girls in the country .

Last thing for that little superficial presentation, Medellin, being neither too high like Bogota or too low like Cali, is known as the city of the eternal spring, it's never hot nor cold.

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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #2
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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:17 PM   #4
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17- A bit further out from the center


18- Very green


19- The metro


20- A red version of my oh-so-beautifull parisian suburb
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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #5
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More to come.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #6
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Interesting city. Reminds me a bit of Sarajevo.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #7
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Great pics, hope to see more.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #8
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21- Grafiti!


22- Here we are completely outside of the center, the metrocable is directly connected with the metro and makes it easier to access the higher districts, which as usual in latin America, are often the poorest.


23 - Going up in the metrocable, it's possible to see the center's skyscraper on the bottom left corner of the photo


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25 - The view once we got up there.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 04:20 PM   #9
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Wow, very interesting. Have never seen an "aerial tramway =cable car?" for public transportation before.
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the metrocable was designed to integrate and facilitate the poorest communities with the rest of the city.. which is good, since most cities try to exclude or avoid the poor communities..In medellin there have been tons, of communities programs trying to help the "slums" to get rid of violence...

great pics... btw was Eklips promoting socialism or leftism???
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Old October 19th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #11
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Very nice and interesting photos from Medellin city @eklips
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the metrocable was designed to integrate and facilitate the poorest communities with the rest of the city.. which is good, since most cities try to exclude or avoid the poor communities..In medellin there have been tons, of communities programs trying to help the "slums" to get rid of violence...

great pics... btw was Eklips promoting socialism or leftism???
You mean to ask if I travelled to Medellin for some sort of conspirationist reason in order to cement an anti-Uribe movement? No I was just visiting.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #14
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Fascinating city and images. We only hear about the city when talking about drugs.
Its not a very beautiful, bit still impressing city, according to the pics.
Keep them coming, I like this tour.
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Fascinating thread. It is so weird to think that is only a 2 hour flight from Miami. It looks like another world.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #16
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31 - Zoom on the day to day life, as seen from above...


32 - On the other side


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34- The center's skyscrapers in the background


35- Zoom
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I take it that these parts of town have been built 'informally', does the government have any program to officialise these settlements and give the inhabitants legal title to the land and the properties they've built on it?

That would seem to be a good way to give these poor people some collateral which they could then use as security for microcredit loans to start businesses.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #18
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I take it that these parts of town have been built 'informally', does the government have any program to officialise these settlements and give the inhabitants legal title to the land and the properties they've built on it?

That would seem to be a good way to give these poor people some collateral which they could then use as security for microcredit loans to start businesses.
Kind of...

There are those programs and the government should provide those communities with public services and infrastructure like parks, schools and public transportation but we live in the middle of the mountains and there are some places where could be dangerous to live, in fact there had been some catastrophic situations due to ground sliding... the government try to relocate these families but the whole process is not easy and it isn't as fast, large and strong as we would like.

About the thread, I hope it shows the whole medellín city... not just this poor part (which is not bad, just it is not the whole city).
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Great pictures. I am considering going to Medellin this year, assuming I'm able to make a little money in the next month or so. It looks like an interesting city.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 02:15 AM   #20
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You're welcome to the city!

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Very nice tour.
Medellin has been progresing a lot in its poorest neighbourhoods.

I Hope some pics from different places if you have, like El Poblado, Laureles, etc.
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