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From this point onwards, the city included participatory processes as a key policy guideline for all of its interventions, forcing decisionmakers to include the community in investments and city-wide projects.
Jorge acknowledges the many faces of participatory interventions, such as knowledge co-creation in conjunction with social actors, democratic activities that go beyond electoral processes, and transparency and accountability, recognizing criticism as an integral part of making cities better for everyone and not for a select few.
In the last decade, Medellin has placed a new emphasis on its rivers. Parques del Río, one of the city’s most ambitious projects, attempts to reintegrate and reconnect the city to its surrounding ecosystem by recovering the main river that had served only as a channel.
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