A safe city as a just and equitable city
The sixth dialogue started off, appropriately, with a discussion of Medellin's transformation from the "Murder Capital of the World" to the vibrant and much safer city it is today. The importance of citizen's "eyes" in helping the police's work was emphasized, as was the military police's infrastructure development work, including building schools, roads, and aqueducts. Moderator Edwin Heathcote shared an anecdote from his recent travels to explain why this topic is so near to his heart: in a South African slum he visited, young girls have a 60 percent chance of being raped sometime over the course of their schooling. His next stop was Copenhagen, where — in an "edgier" neighborhood — he saw mothers leaving their babies outside unattended while they went to the movies. Read more.