Metropolitan governance arrangements and urban development in the Colombian system of cities

Authors: Diego Silva Ardila*, Colegio Mayor De Nuestra Senora Del Rosario
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Latin America, Urban Geography
Keywords: urban development, metropolitan governance, Colombia, System of cities
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Stones Throw 2 - Slate, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Metropolitan governance is at the center of current urban development debates due the emerging interaction of multiple administrative units within expanded urban process attempting to allocate urban services, coordinate activities promote economic development and mitigate several problems. Thus, urban expansion requires articulation of multiple levels of governance in order to solve the central issue of coordination of multiple actors for potential collective demands and needs. The The Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas (2015) delineates the challenges faced by large metropolitan areas around the globe and highlights several topics that require attention and actions in the coming years. Colombia has an administrative and political territorial organization based on subnational division known as municipalities with a diffuse normative definition of urban and rural. In that sense all "municipios" are both urban and rural and there is not coherent territorial attributes use to define functional metropolitan areas. The metropolitan category is understood, defined and use as association agreements of "municipios" cooperating in specific topics mainly focused on urban mobility, street infrastructure, environmental management among others. The recent proposal of a National Urban Policy based on the concept of "System of Cities" has focused the attention on the lack of adequate definition of many territorial concepts that reduce the capacity of interaction and articulation of government units and multiple other social actors. This research presents the exploration of the almost four decades of the metropolitan experience in Colombia to discuss its successes and failures and propose future actions and priorities.

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