Life on the Other Side of the Bridge

The Sustainable Cities interns at El Instituto de Planeación para el Municipio de Colima in Colima, Mexico are investigating the social, economic and psychological impacts of living on the ‘wrong’ side of the tracks. Connecting the port of Manzanillo to Guadalajara, this railway physically breaks the grid of Colima and has divided the city in two, marginalizing the communities on the southern side of the tracks. A single unlit passenger bridge and a vehicular underpass connect the two areas, but both are dangerous and inconvenient for pedestrians to use. This divide permeates aspects of daily life.

The aim is to strengthen social and physical linkages in order to bring the two sides of the tracks together. Stay tuned for future updates.

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5 Responses to Life on the Other Side of the Bridge

  1. Gis Mendez says:

    Love it!!! This is very exciting. There are quite some generations waiting for someone to notices this fracture, and be able to see opportunities instead of troubles, and so take action.

  2. Gis,

    Thanks for the comment! Interesting to note how via satellite, the communities on the south side of the tracks seem no further away from the city center than any other of equidistance. On the ground, this is definitely not the case.

    Sustainable Cities hopes that by supporting municipal planners IPCo, we can contribute to addressing this important issue.


  3. mode20100 says:

    A+ would read again

  4. eat diet says:

    Wow,so niceeee!! Thanks for sharing!

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