Bogota has undergone an extraordinary transformation over the past few years, efforts that have resulted in the city winning numerous international awards. A selection of these accolades are listed below:
City of Music. Member of the Creative Cities Network of UNESCO 2012:
World Book Capital (Capital Mundial del Libro) 2007:
Gold Lion for Best City 2006:
City with Heart 2005:
Active Cities-Healthy Cities 2005:
Digital City 2004:
Cities for Peace 2002:
Access to Learning 2002:
Stockholm Challenge 2000:
In addition, some of the most prominent international media has taken note of Bogota’s transformation:
Bogota, the fourth largest city in South America, with seven million inhabitants, has many varied restaurants, world-class museums, and a magical colonial quarter. It is the capital of Colombia and its intellectual centre, a city filled with bright lights that is friendly to pedestrians, who have 75 miles of streets for their exclusive use, be they cycling or walking, every Sunday. Plus the climate is mild, with maximum temperatures of 60°F year-round.
Seth Kugel, The New York Times
Bogota, that once was a chaotic capital, is now a model city. The visionary leadership of the last three Mayors is reflected in the city’s positive transformation. Public finances have improved while insecurity and traffic jams have diminished, and numerous works in infrastructure and more orderly traffic have made Bogota liveable again! Experts in urban planning from all over the world are looking closely at its example.
Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Bogota, the capital of the country is a mirror image of all Colombia: a city with futurist architecture, splendid colonial churches and brilliant museums, and that posesses a cultural dynamism that befits such an initellectually active and diverse city.