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Medellín, Colombia: a miracle of reinvention Once dubbed the ‘most dangerous city on earth’, Medellín is now one of Colombia’s liveliest and most creative

Downtown Medellin, Colombia, showing the metro station Parque Berrio, Plaza Botero and the Museum of Antioquia. Photograph: Alamy
Saturday 19 September 2015 07.00 BST Last modified on Saturday 19 September 2015 07.03 BST
I had my doubts about Medellín. Next time someone says “most dangerous city on earth”, I’ll pull a machine gun on them – that spurious claim was made over a quarter of a century ago, in Time magazine in March 1988. Like Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, Medellín is a much wealthier, safer and more fashionable city these days, and its year-round summery climate, nearby forests and bird reserves and, indeed, the fact that it hasn’t been backpackered into oblivion – unlike Cusco, say – makes it a rather more desirable destination. But I was also dubious about claims that the city is the epitome of the “Colombian mi…