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DENVER-The Urban Land Institute returned to a classic topic as it opened its first full day of its Fall conference . . . urban design . . .by turning its attention to the layout of our older cities. The keynoter was Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogata, Colombia and president of the board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York.

So what do Bogata and New York City—or Chicago or San Francisco—have in common? Plenty, said Penalosa, who is credited with turning what was a crime-haven into a pedestrian friendly city. Stating that “A $30 bicycle is as valuable as a $30,000 car,” the former mayor made the case for cities that are more “democratic. Human well-being is the measure of a successful city,” citing children and the elderly in particular.

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