The Gentrification of Bogotá’s Calle 65

It has been a long time in coming, but, finally I decided to write about the cross-section of Bogotá life and the evolution of the Colombian capital as seen on Calle 65 between Carreras 2 and 7 in the desirable area of Chapinero Alto. It’s one of those inevitable things, the gentrification of a barrio Read more about The Gentrification of Bogotá’s Calle 65[…]

Bogotá through the 5 Senses, the non guide to Bogotá

Why did we write “Bogotá through the 5 Senses” a bilingual walking guide to our capital city? Or, “the non guide to Bogotá.” I’ve said it before, but there may well be a renaissance underway in Colombia. Call it what you will, against the backdrop of signed-off peace with the FARC and continuing negotiations with Read more about Bogotá through the 5 Senses, the non guide to Bogotá[…]

The Barrio: A neighbourhood under pressure

This barrio, Juan XXIII, is but one block from my home in Bogotá. It cannot be more than five or six blocks in size and is facing an uneasy and uncertain future as developers and real estate speculators look down vulture-like at the next plot of land upon which to build a mega-project of apartments Read more about The Barrio: A neighbourhood under pressure[…]

Shoe Shiners in Lourdes Park

You can stroll through the paved side of Lourdes Park where the iconic church faces the Carrera 13 and with the exception of those shining shoes or selling mobile phone minutes, at any point within 50 yards in every direction from where you stand, people will be busying themselves in doing nothing at all. Today Read more about Shoe Shiners in Lourdes Park[…]

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