Metropolitan Green Belt (Cinturon Verde Metropolitano)
The Metropolitan Green Belt is an ambitious long-term endeavor to designate 75 kilometers (46 miles) of green space on the slopes of the Aburra Valley surrounding the city. Also known as “Jardin Circunvalar de Medellín” (Medellín Circumventing Garden), the nature reserves will provide new recreation, education, sport and community-meeting facilities and protect the region’s biodiversity while reigning in Medellín’s unregulated sprawl in unplanned neighborhoods along the valley’s hillsides. The projected cost for pedestrian paths, bikeways and monorail streets is estimated around $260 billion US dollars. Consolidating the large territory in a balanced and equitable way will be a challenging task, as it will have to strike a balance to meet competing needs, such as land already slated for other development as well as relocating the most vulnerable and impoverished residents on the city’s outskirts.
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