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Colombia’s Medellin rides cable car to a better future

LIFTING HOPES:Crime and violence rates have dropped significantly since the launch of a cable car system and a library in the gritty neighborhoods surrounding Medellin

AFP, MEDELLiN, Colombia

A secret of Medellin’s success has been its ability to adapt initiatives that have worked elsewhere in the world.

At the same time, the city has become “an inspiration for other cities living difficult times,” the mayor said.

Thus the Metrocable has been replicated in Curitiba, in southern Brazil, and Caracas.

Since 2010 in San Agustin del Sur, in the west of Caracas, a Metrocable carries more than 40,000 people a day on a nine-minute ride from the foot of a mountain to the populous neighborhoods overhead. That initiative’s success led Venezuelan authorities to begin building another cable car serving Mariche neighborhood in February 2012.

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