Comment 18270

By statius (registered) | Posted February 11, 2008 at 12:29:03

I am excited that Penalosa will be speaking in Hamilton (although one worries, as per usual, that anything sensible and forward-thinking said in this city will fall on deaf ears). I first heard about him a while back from a university friend who has now moved back to Bogota (imagine that, an educated person moving back to a city which was once known only for being the murder and kidnapping capital of the world!). There seems to be a great deal of interesting and genuinely visionary urban thinking coming out of the developing world (probably born of desperation and necessity to some degree), while we here in the relatively very wealthy first-world city of Hamilton wallow in complacency and stasis, forsaking exciting opportunities to enhance our environment, and impoverishing the urban experience to the point of non-existence.

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