Murder Capital Transforms Into Cultural Haven
Medellin, Colombia, replaces crime with safety and security
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 5:50 PM CDT
A soldier guards weapons turned in by guerrillas who surrendered to the Army at a military base in Medellin, Colombia, Friday, June 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)
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(Newser) – Once the world's most dangerous city, Medellin, Colombia, is now a relatively safe and culturally vibrant haven for its 2.1 million residents. In 1991, Medellin recorded 6,349 homicides, or nearly 18 per day; today, thanks to improved security under the administration of president Alvaro Uribe, the rate is barely 2 a day, reports the Miami Herald.

''Before, you were afraid to go to the store. You'd see dead people in the street,'' said a street vendor. "Now I leave home every morning at 4am without worries to ride the Metro Cable.'' Since taking office in 2002, Uribe has hounded the FARC guerrillas, dismantled most of the right-wing paramilitary groups, and clamped down on human rights abuses by government troops.