Bogotá had a Bronx, and it’s coming down, to make way for a shopping center,
Colombia razes notorious Bronx slum in capital Bogota
The authorities in the Colombian capital, Bogota, have begun demolishing a notorious district in the centre of the city called the Bronx.
The area had become a focus for drug addicts, criminals and prostitution.
Bogota’s mayor said the area would be turned into a new commercial sector.
In May security forces sent in to clear the area found scores of children who had been forced into prostitution, and hundred of drug addicts.
They also discovered a tunnel used by traffickers which ran from a house to a local shop.
When I was young and foolish and in Bogota, I stayed not far from that area. [Wiki Bronx: entre las calles 9 y 10 y las carreras 15 y 15 A]: I stayed a block or two on the “bad” side of Ave Caracas [Carrerra 14]- check. But I the hotels/pensiones I stayed in were around Calle 15, so 5-6 blocks from El Bronx. [Checked by South American Handbook.]
Back then, there was a lot more crime in Bogota than now. I didn’t heed all the warnings about not going outside at night, and fortunately didn’t get mugged.
Liked the place, even so.
According to the Wiki article, the BBC is a little behind the times.
Thank you for the update, Gringo.
Glad to hear you did well in the Bronx!