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Lesson in urban planning

July 29, 2009

The research center I visited yesterday gave me a xerox copy of an architectural guide to São Paulo. Here’s an excerpt.

‘Describing São Paulo in her memoirs Anarquistas, Graças a Deus (Anarchists, Thank God), the writer Zélia Gattai contrasted the wealthy pedigree of Paulista with the area below Alameda Santos. That ghetto’s funeral processions and delivery trucks were prohibited on the millionaires’ boulevard, and its buildings, two-story semi-detached houses, were on a much simpler scale.’ —Nirlando Beirão, ‘A Cosmopolitan and Globalized City,’ Brazil Guide, 2005

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