The poor in Colombia have lived in hillside isolation from the beginning of settlement. Their isolation has been a major impediment for them to become part of society and the workforce.

The city has invested in improving roads, bridges, and public transportation in poor neighborhoods. This has made it easier for people to get around and has helped to integrate these neighborhoods into the city's economy. The national government has also helped to remedy this problem by building public tramways into these districts from downtown. Fares are cheap and the routes are well planned, and connect to the city-wide metro system. Residents now have access to healthcare and employment as well as other services.

The city has also invested in cultural programs in poor neighborhoods, such as libraries, museums, and theaters. This has helped to promote arts and culture in these areas and has given residents more opportunities to participate in civic life.