Book Review: Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia, Julio D. Dávila (Ed.). (2013).

Paulo Rui Anciaes provides a critical and interesting review of  ‘Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia‘, edited by Julio D. Dávila, which documents the positive impact that Metrocables, a cable-car system has had in Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city.

The book is available to read online in English or Spanish.

In his review Anciaes emphasises how the book uses a political and sociological approach to explore the role that the system has had in regenerating parts of the city, contributors highlight the role of the state in achieving this.  He discusses several shortcomings of this approach including the limited coverage of the effects of the system on patterns of urban land use from a geographer’s perspective.  Click  here to read the full review.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 42, Paulo Rui Anciaes Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia, Julio D. Dávila (Ed.). (2013). London and Medellín: Development Planning Unit and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. £10 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-9574823-2-6, £0 (pdf), ISBN: 978-0-9574823-3-3, pages 188, Copyright Elsevier (2014)

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