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Global Glimpses: Medellín, Colombia


In December 2009 I visited Medellín, Colombia. I took this photo in the far northeast of the city, the barrio of Santo Domingo Savio, a hillside shantytown that used to be a no-go zone during the era of Pablo Escobar, when not even the police dared enter these gang-ruled slums.

The hilly neighborhood was revived in the last few years with the introduction of MetroCable, an aerial cable car that whisks people up within ten minutes (the walk used to take over two hours in each direction), thus connecting the inhabitants to jobs downtown.

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