Colombian media and municipalities are taking notice of the on-the-ground efforts to make room for rapid urban expansion. The leader of the Urban Expansion initiative in Colombia, Jaime Vasconez, met with city officials in five Colombian cities — Montería, Santa Marta, Tunja, Valledupar, and Yopal — and led a workshop in Cartegena focused on implementation. Here are some excerpts from the recent coverage of the collaboration between the municipalities and the Urban Expansion initiative:
Tunja was chosen by New York University, as a pilot city for the implementation of the Urban Expansion Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean, seeking real and tangible results for a city, with vision of its future, ready to take the lead, anticipating an expansion that could bring a significant increase on its population in the upcoming 30 years.
“New York University has been advising the Mayor of Tunja on topics such as urban boundaries, realistic maps, arterial roads and the selective protection of open spaces, four important steps for the urban development of the city “, said spokesmen for the municipal government.
According to the expert, Yopal is one of Colombia’s fastest growing cities, growing from a small town to become a big city, with a 30-year projection showing the current population will triple.
Image: Jaime Vasconez and Nicolás Galarza meet with city officials in Yopal.
The mayor Carlos Eduardo Caicedo, gave a talk on the Action Plan for the City’s Organized Urban Expansion, under the national workshop organized by New York University. NYU chose Santa Marta as a benchmark due to its rapid urban growth and because of the various urban renewal projects led by Mayor Caicedo.