June 2003: "Curitiba: Still the Ecological Capital?"

Author: Eve Z. Bratman

This article describes the evolution of Curitiba, Brazil from the self-proclaimed "Ecological Capital" to the "Social Capital" of Brazil. A city of three million, Curitiba has struggled to "avoid the classic case of uncontrolled development and the problems of urban sprawl." It is redefining itself "by planning for people rather than for cars, and by planning with social welfare and cultural enrichment..." Innovations include: - exchange of recyclables for food and transit tokens network of artisan fairs - bus rapid transit system, based on public input - bicycle path network - public awareness campaigns for pedestrian/cyclist safety.

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