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The effectiveness of a city’s transit system does not have to be connected to the dollars spent — at least not in the example set by Medellin, Colombia.
Brent Toderian, a former Vancouver city planner, considers Medellin a model for urban creativity. Although it was once torn apart by violence and poverty, Medellin has managed to build an extensive transportation system at a fraction of the costs often seen in Canadian cities.
“It’s about repurposing technologies that are used elsewhere and realizing they can be helpful to a modern city,” Toderian told Chris Brown of CBC News in Medellin. ….