In this video, RetroReport looks at slums and why fixing them is the key to cities in the future. To illustrate their point, they use Medellin, Colombia, which used gondolas to tie in outlying mountainside barrios to the transit network. Better access to social services and job opportunities in the city center helped lift these communities out of cycles of poverty and crime.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.