Podcast - Enrique Peñalosa Discusses The Importance Of Public Spaces

Planetizen Podcast, 18 November 2006 - Enrique Peñalosa Discusses The Importance Of Public Spaces

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November 18, 2006, 12:00 AM PST

By Planetizen

As mayor of Bogotá between 1998 and 2001, Enrique Peñalosa ushered in broad improvements to the Colombian capital's public transportation infrastructure with one of the world's most efficient bus rapid transit systems. His administration also pushed to created hundreds of miles of bikeways, pedestrian-only streets, and public parks. Restrictions in private car use in the city have also decreased congestion in the city of more than .5 million people.

In this speech, Peñalosa discusses his experiences in making Bogotá a more transit- and pedestrian-friendly city and how creating great public places is essential to creating great cities. The speech was recorded November 13, 2006 in Los Angeles.

Enrique Peñalosa addresses the audience in Los Angeles
Enrique Peñalosa addresses the audience in Los Angeles (Photo by Christian Peralta).

Please note that the audio of the speech is free of charge.

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