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| 5/10/2010 12:00:00 AM

Medellín, Colombia's architectural renaissance

May 10--Young designers, encouraged by forward-thinking leaders, have created notable works in some of the city's poorest areas.

Over the last two or three years, a steady buzz has been building in architecture and design circles about developments in this city of 3.5 million, which through much of the 1980s and 1990s was infamous for its sky-high murder rate and viciously competitive drug cartels, including a particularly violent one led by Pablo Escobar.

Architects and urban planners who traveled to Medellín seemed to return telling some version of the same enthusiastic story about the renaissance taking place in Colombia's second-largest city, which has been driven in large part by investment in ambitious civic architecture.
 
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