Mobility Solutions for Marginalized Communities: The Urban Cable Car by embarqnetwork

Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil. Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants into cities. Because few cities were able to provide adequate low-income housing, the majority of these new urbanites settled in slums and other informal developments. Most of these slums are located on the outskirts of major cities, and many are in flood plains or nestled in hilly terrain. As unplanned settlements, these communities typically lack quality public spaces and basic transport infrastructure. Streets in t...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1040726

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