April 29, 2013
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Center hosted a screening of the film "Bogota Change" from the "Cities on Speed" tetralogy.
"Bogota Change" is a story bordering on the incredible. The way in which successive Bogota mayors Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa carried out urban transformation is difficult to envision, yet the film will show that fundamental urban change is possible in the modern world. Documented here are the effects that honest and dynamic leadership can have on a city and a society at large. For example, in a decade of impressive advances, Bogota saw its traffic congestion reduced by 22%, road fatalities by 50%, and overall crime by 70%.
The directors of the film offer an impartial look at the situation and allow the viewer to judge the events for himself. In addition, they include clips from Colombian mass media produced during the reform period, in an attempt to minimize any unnecessary dramatization of the actual events.
Сover Image: Still from the "Bogota Change"