Transportation Planning and Development in Bogotá

Balancing the Urgent and the Strategic

Authored by: Daniel Oviedo , Luis Guzman

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367223724
eBook ISBN: 9781003038160
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Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, has gained a reputation among planning and urban scholars as a laboratory of infrastructure and planning innovation, as well as an example of consolidating megacities in the Global South dealing with acute levels of social, environmental, and spatial inequalities. Planning priorities in Bogotá have historically focused on demographic, economic, and urban development needs with partial consideration of municipalities in its vicinity. Phenomena of physical conurbation, as well as economic and demographic dynamics have formed a complex functional structure that supersedes the city’s administrative boundaries, leading to an imbalanced regional development between Bogotá and its surrounding municipalities (2016). Bogotá’s centralized urban form and strong urban primacy in the region and the country, alongside pressing needs for mobility and sustained economic growth have steered infrastructure, land use, and transport policies during two decades, which themselves have produced inequalities in connectivity, accessibility to opportunities and exposures to the negative externalities of transport for different social groups.

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