Medellin Colombia, one of three cities shortlisted for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, got a boost for being recognized as the world’s most innovative city in a global competition conducted by the Wall Street Journal.
Medellin won over finalists New York and Tel Aviv.
Medellin Mayor Anibal Gavina said, “Medellin stands today as an example for many cities around the world, because despite having lived through difficult times 20 years ago, we have undergone a true metamorphosis. We are now a city filled with life thanks to the innovative approach taken at every step, both in social programs and urban development. Through events like the Youth Olympic Games, it is our dream to welcome the international community and show the world what is happening here in Medellin”.
The Urban Land Institute compiled an initial list in 2012 of 200 cities based on eight criteria ranging from culture and liveability to education and infrastructure, looking for “innovative cities that spark visions, remove barriers, and cultivate collaboration to improve the quality of life for residents”.
Medellin was praised for its innovation in civic spaces such as its modern and architectural unique libraries and art galleries, as well as its infrastructure like its transport system and modern buildings, and its social investment in education, sport and cultural activities.
The other two cities on the 2018 Youth Games shortlist are Glasgow and Buenos Aires.