Giant Escalator Become Mode Of Transport For Colombia's Shanty Dwellers


Imagine if after a long day at school, instead of jumping into a car, you were faced with 530 hard stairs? That is exactly what some of the poorest residents of the town of Medellin, Colombia had to face each and every day.

That's because over 12,000 of them live in an area known as Comuna 13, which happens to be located entirely on a steep hillside. The only way from there to the city center was by climbing up and down old rambling stairs, something the residents had been resigned to doing for many generations. Not only was it hard, but also, an unproductive time drain, given that it took over 35 minutes to scale the stairs.

However, now there is finally some relief, thanks to a ginormous 1,269ft. tall escalator that has been installed alongside the steps, so that the residents can simply step up, relax and take in the views, all the way up.

In order to make sure that it is easily accessible to everyone living on the hillside, the escalator is divided into six sections. Those that need to continue simply hop off one section and walk right onto the next. The best part is, that their commute time has been reduced to 6 minutes.

Surprisingly however, not all residents are as thrilled with this new 'public transport' system that cost $6.7mm USD. Some believe that the money should have been used to upgrade the condition of their homes or help them buy food. Hopefully, that is what the government officials will focus on next.

Meanwhile, this outdoor escalator, the first of its kind, is garnering the attention of many neighboring cities. Officials from Rio de Janeiro are considering a similar project for some of their shantytowns which, are also located on steep hillsides.


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  • bobby wassabiTuesday, October 2, 2012 at 9:39 am
    • Lilyb203Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 7:09 am
      I always find it interesting how we take things for granted but in other countries the small things are precious in sight. I need to think of getting to play violin and take lessons as something amazing rather then boring because other people in other countries would die to even find out what a violin is.
      • cookiejohn
        cookiejohnFriday, September 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm
        i want piano lessons
      • kookiekat
        kookiekatThursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm
        • leslieThursday, March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm
          go litter sis emily this was a looove it good report i love u 2 sissy
          • RRPWednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:12 am
            but this is cool
            • RRPWednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:11 am
              they should have bought food and house upgrades >0
              • SaraTuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm
                Thats amazing!!! I would go to school everyday without whining if my school had escalators!
                • JuliaWednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm
                  That is so cool. The girl who wrote this "goes" to the same cyber school as me too! Good job!
                  • 25 tarynTuesday, February 21, 2012 at 6:13 am
                    I think that the goverment could have used it for food but I guess that this is fine.
                    • alexSaturday, February 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm
                      huge escalator