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Urban development and urban transport: the Medellín tramway, 1919-1950


  • Juan Santiago Correa



This paper analyses how the Medellín elite developed a mass-transport system, the urban tramway, during the first decades of the 20th century. This project supported the city’s industrialisation and facilitated constructing working-class neighbourhoods in the periphery. The elite’s progressive perspective combined advancing their private interests with a concern for public welfare and the needs of a growing urban area.

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  • Juan Santiago Correa, 2003. "Urban development and urban transport: the Medellín tramway, 1919-1950," COLOMBIAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL, UN - RCE - CID, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000096:003739

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    • R22 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Other Demand


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