In Comuna 13 of Medellin, Colombia’s largest city, a recently built 1,260-foot long escalator snakes across the hillside shantytown in six separate divisions. As part of the neighborhood’s larger urban regeneration project, this massive outdoor escalator cuts down the time to traverse Comuna 13, reportedly one of Medellin’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods, from 35 minutes to six minutes on foot.
Velocity applied to every traveller. Every pedestrian given escape-pod momentum and jettisoned clear of shantytown. In someone’s conception. I look at this and see a launchpad for all the feared criminals of Comuna 13 to speed up into all the nice places where the quality live. Saves having to nick a car.