Friday, October 10, 2008

Former Bogota Columbia Mayor to Speak at Temple

The architecture department at Temple University is hosting Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, on Wednesday October 15th at 6.00pm in the Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, on Temple's main campus.

Enrique Peñalosa was the mayor of Bogota, Colombia from 1998-2001. He is known for creating the city’s bus rapid transit system, TransMilenio , which is the most extensive in the world. He is also known for revitalizing many low-income communities within the city, creating an Urban Land Reform institution, rebuilding Bogotá’s city center, increasing enrollment in public schools by 34%, putting 14,000 computers in public schools, building hundreds of miles of sidewalks, bicycle paths, and greenways, and instituting the city’s first Car-Free-Day, an extension of the city’s weekly ciclovia