Cable cars

“A cable car system, linked to the modern and spotless metro, moves tens of thousands of hillside residents each day, dramatically cutting commuting times to the city centre” (Brodzinsky, 2014). This innovation in Medellin, Columbia not only improved the commuting time, but it has given an opportunity for a safer environment. As it being known for heavy gangs and drug trafficking, many of the locals would often get questioned by gang members or even killed by a stray bullet walking up and down to their destinations. Children would have to walk hundreds of steps to get to and from somewhere such as school or the library. Although there is still gang and drug activity, these kind of innovations give residents something to feel good about. This area, known as slum, is now getting more attention by tourists, which brings in more revenue for Medellin. Maybe it’s not just about the money flowing in, but the fact that more outsiders are lighting up the area with a positive influence. It is giving locals living in a dangerous environment  a sense of being relatable to other parts of world, instead of feeling like they will never be more than what their slum neighborhood provides.  As another classmate mentioned in their blog, escalators are now in Medellin, Columbia as well. Which goes hand in hand with the cable cars.

How does the project address all 5 factors?:

Environment: It has decreased the violence; Economics: It brings in tourists, which brings in money but also more diversity within the depressed area; Social Equity: It has given the residents an opportunity to cut commuting time and have them reach farther destinations; Energy & Health: Instead of having to climb hundreds of steps to get around, this gives the residents and easier way and safer way to stay away from gang activity.

Cable car

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Brodzinsky, Sibylla. “From Murder Capital to Model City: Is Medellín’s Miracle Show or Substance?” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 17 Apr. 2014. Web. 01 Apr. 2017.

Peterson, Garry. “Cable Cars as Urban Public Transport in Medellin.” Seeds of Good Anthropocenes. N.p., 17 Feb. 2017. Web. 01 Apr. 2017.


4 thoughts on “Cable cars

  1. It seems like it would be really fun to commute on these! I think it would also help lower the density of traffic at street level which could speed up travel times there too. Great idea!


  2. I can see this happening in more cities. This would limit the oil usage and gas, this would allow less pollution as well. But imagine the cable cars in Chicago. I would like to see this happen.


  3. I agree with the other comments. This seems like a such a cool way to commute! Like you said, I think this would be used more for tourists rather than residents. Its a good way to lower pollution and limit oil and gas usage without even realizing it. It would be interesting to see if this can completing replace current transportation systems.


  4. This looks like it’ll work well for Medellin, but I don’t think it’ll fair very well in many other places. The geography has to be just right in order for this to work. This would have no chance in any typical american city because of the the skyscrapers and desnity. On the positive note, all the things you mentioned are great. Using cheaper public transportation instead of cars is always a great option.


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