In Medellín, Colombia an inspiring story has unfolded which illustrates how design can help initiate positive change.

In Medellín, Colombia an inspiring story has unfolded which illustrates how design can help initiate positive change. Former mayor Sergio Fajardo and former director of urban projects Alejandro Echeverri set out to revitalize the city, known for rampant problems with drugs and murder.

Their plan was unusual – instead of limiting their new building construction and civic improvements to any one small area – they worked with, and consulted the residents of many different neighborhoods, including some of the worst slums. And the results were impressive, murder rates dropped significantly, the education system was improved and the city gave out micro-loans to help boost local small businesses.

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