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Medellin, Colombia, Named World’s Most Innovative City

Mayor Anibal Gaviria called the award “a reason for joy on the part of every one of the 2.5 million inhabitants of our city…”

Medellin, Colombia, has been named the world’s most innovative city in a competition organized by the non-profit Urban Land Institute.

Medellin, once known as one of the world’s most dangerous cities, the stronghold of Pablo Escobar and his drug cartel, beat out Tel Aviv and New York, the other two finalists in the competition.

The award recognizes the city for its civic spaces, libraries, and art galleries, as well as its infrastructure, which includes a giant escalator and cable cars allowing access to and from the least developed sections of the city.

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