Colombia | Born-again Bogotá | Economist.com
It occurred to me as I awoke to the sound of my neighbour’s ablutions that this was another sign of progress: I needed protection against sound more than I needed protection against bullets. Bogotá had become relatively safe—which is to say, it was less violent than Caracas, or Rio de Janeiro, or São Paulo, for example. That partly reflects a general decline in violence in Colombia in recent years. But it is also a consequence of a municipal renaissance.