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Transforming Third-World Cities: The Shining Example Of Bogota

October 22, 2001-- WHO: Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia

WHAT: Lecture on Third World urban needs and solutions

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Clark Hall 147, University of Virginia

Enrique Penalosa, dynamic former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, who has spearheaded major improvements in a troubled urban environment, will lecture on "Toward an Egalitarian and Sustainable Third World City" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Clark Hall 147.

Currently a visiting scholar at New York University, he is writing a book on a new urban-development model for the Third World that covers fields such as transportation, land use and housing for the poor, pollution abatement, and public space.

In his term as mayor, which ended last year, Penalosa, an economist, was credited with significantly upgrading the quality of life in Bogota.

The transformation of Bogota, which has been covered by news media internationally, is being closely observed by other world cities faced with pollution, congestion, crime and terrorism. Among Penalosa’s many accomplishments as mayor, he promoted high citizen involvement, urban land reform, a new transit system, major park improvements, new nursery schools, new public schools with classroom computers, the planting of thousands of trees, reduced use of cars and the building of miles of sidewalks, greenways and new parks and plazas.

His lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, history department, urban and environmental planning department, and Dean of Students Office.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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