Medellín has a lot going for it, doesn’t it? We know the people are said to be the friendliest in the country, but there’s so much more to the City of Eternal Spring than that. The changes Medellín has gone through in such a short time are unbelievable, and its sketchy past make the changes even more impressive and exciting. From art to infrastructure and fashion to nightlife, Medellin is moving forward and at such a fast pace that people are struggling to keep up. But they’re taking notice – Medellín has even been recognised as one of the top 25 most innovative cities in the world. Ok Medellín, you’ve got our attention.
For starters, the city has the best transportation in the country. There, I said it. They don’t just transport people, they connect people, truly. And we’re not just talking about connecting people from one side of the city to the other. Transportation in Medellín bridges the gap between the different faces of the city, it connects people from different barrios and gives those who live high in the mountains the opportunity to travel into the centre of town quickly and safely. The transport is diverse, efficient and safe. There’s the Metro, Metrocable, the bus system called the MetroPlus, a 28-story escalator which allows residents to safely travel down a steep hillside and even bike-share programs. They haven’t just got the public transport right either, they have invested in more than 1.6 million square metres of new public space too. It’s all about connection – this is truly a city under transformation.
As well as transportation, there is a new emphasis on education in Medellín. The city’s utilities company Empresas Publicas de Medellín (EPM) are supporting a whole bunch of community developments with a backing of education at the forefront of it all. There’s also been the construction of the España Library which is part of a series of urban projects. It’s built in Santo Domingo, one of the barrios that was most affected by the violence of the 80s.
For the tourist, travel to Medellín is richly rewarding. Not only does the city boast some of the best clubs in the country, it also has a rapidly expanding restaurant scene that, thanks to the influx of foreign investment in the city, is also diversifying.
Medellín’s growth has inspired change throughout the rest of the country, and travellers and expats are also taking notice. It’s recently become one of the most talked about cities in the world, desirable for the perfect weather, rich culture and progressive policies. Of course, the Paisas aren’t surprised. We’re just becoming privvy to what they’ve known for years.