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August 19, 2009

São Paulo 1943 — 'The fastest growing city in the world'

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The last time I was in Sao Paulo was 1992. At that time the population was 14 million.

I was struck by two things: 1) Everything new was artistic and beautiful; and 2) Nothing old was maintained.

An example of 2: One sidewalk near my hotel composed an art-deco, mural-like picture in tiny tiles. I could imagine the whole as it existed when it was new, but, in that day, it was broken in three places. The breaks obliterated a third of the composition. One break was so great that it destroyed the sidewalk, and sand ran into the gutter.

Brazil -- permanent potential.

Posted by: antares | Aug 19, 2009 8:05:27 PM

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