Up the escalator in Colombian shanty town

world | Dec 28, 2011 | By Martin Barillas

At a cost exceeding $5 million, a dual escalator is being completed in a hillside shanty town in Medellin - the Colombian city long known for cocaine cartels and narcotics-related violence. 

The poverty-stricken residents of slum were apparently ecstatic about the development, which means that a hike of more than a half hour up the slope leading to the shanty town has now been reduced to just eight minutes. Further improvements are expected for the shanty town, including parks and recreational areas.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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