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Urban Visionaries

Fixing urban problems requires more than good policy, strong management and sufficient financing: It takes politicians, activists and entrepreneurs with vision and courage. 

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Special Report

Introducing Latin America's Top 5 "Urban Visionaries"

How to make cities better? In this new issue of AQ, an inspiring group of Latin Americans shows why collaboration is just as important (really!) as money.

AQ Top 5: Aline Cavalcante

By MANUELA ANDREONI
A cycling enthusiast-turned-activist wanted to make the perilous streets of São Paulo safer for two-wheelers. She has gotten two different mayors to listen.

AQ Top 5: Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

By BRIAN WINTER
Despite tough economic times, the mayor of Buenos Aires has invested heavily in infrastructure and education to reduce inequality.

AQ Top 5: Ricardo Mora

By BRENDAN O'BOYLE
An entrepreneur in Ciudad Juárez creates a start up incubator and co-working space to attract talent and investment to the depressed border region.

AQ Top 5: Raisa Banfield

By BENJAMIN RUSSELL
A Panama City architect-turned TV host raised her voice in defense of the environment. Now she's vice-mayor – and a globally recognized advocate.

AQ Top 5: Jhony Fernando Fernández

By JOE PARKIN DANIELS
A young man from a low-income neighborhood in Cali, Colombia, goes from gang member to community leader and peacemaker. 

Features

How to Make Big Ideas Become Reality in Latin American Cities

By BRANDEE McHALE
Innovative, sustainable urban initiatives are often rejected as expensive and complicated. Overcoming such roadblocks requires long-term thinking from policymakers.

Cities and the Future of Work

By EDUARDO LEVY-YEYATI
How to prepare Latin America's workforce for a technological revolution. 

9 Great Urban Ideas

From electric scooters to vertical gardens to young coders creating chatbots, nine promising initiatives that are changing Latin American cities for the better. 

Brewing Up an Urban Revival

By SETH KUGEL
Beer makers (and drinkers) resurrect a run-down and under-utilized industrial area of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The Real Iván Duque

By BRIAN WINTER
AQ's editor-in-chief profiles a guy he used to meet for beers in Washington. (He's now president of Colombia.)

SPONSORED CONTENT
Powering Latin America's Progress

A message from Chevron: Economic growth, powered by the development of energy resources, is a winning scenario for everyone. 

Cultura

Film: Pájaros de Verano

By BRENDAN O'BOYLE
Ciro Guerra's follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent. 

Music: AQ's Fall Playlist

By SEBASTIÁN ZUBIETA
From Guadaloupean blues to old time boleros... (Available online Oct. 24)

Books: Battle for Paradise

By BRET ROSEN
A review of Naomi Klein's Battle for Paradise(Available online Oct. 24)

Books: The Arid Sky

By ALEJANDRA OLIVA
A review of Emiliano Monge's The Arid Sky. (Available online Oct. 24)

Departments

Long View: Years of Terror

By ALAN McPHERSON
In the 1970s, a wave of Cuba-related bombings and other attacks swept America.

Panorama: LGBTIQ Rights in Guatemala

By XIMENA ENRÍQUEZ
An interview with Luis Barrueto, President of Visibles, an LGBTIQ rights organization in Guatemala. 

Just the Numbers: Odebrecht's Unfinished Business

By EMILIE SWEIGART
A selection of the projects left on hold and prosecutors' estimates of the value of improper payments.

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