Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Ja: Brazil through rose-colored spectacles

With almost two million inhabitants today, Brasília has been a great success. The slums that virtually bordered the attractively open presidential palace have been replaced by a new hotel zone and the slum-dwellers moved farther away across the large, artificial lake. Initially, the streets were designed with no stop signs, but a few have now been introduced, near schools and hospitals. The former housing blocks, rigidly segregated by occupation and constructed to be almost self-sufficient, have also been modified. Brasília has lightened up in a number of pleasant ways, and it shows.
It is by far a better and more liveable city today than even just a few years ago.
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