Downtown Medellin, my home, is one of the most colorful places I have known in my life. It’s not the prettiest or safest place on earth, but it’s very interesting, vibrant and exotic.

Adriaan Alsema writes about downtown Medellín, or “el centro”, in Colombia Reports. He lists reasons to love and hate downtown Medellín, and adds that,

it’s exactly this optimistic development and visible growth, and the ever-changing tension between good and evil, that makes me want to live here. It’s why I so passionately love downtown Medellin, even though it doesn’t always love me back.

The article also includes an interactive map.