Urban planners say that flattening it should be a priority if the city is to realize its modernization goals. At a recent conference on Sao Paulo's future, urban planners from New York, Barcelona and China told their Brazilian counterparts that the city requires a makeover. Projects should include expanding the subway, carving out underground highways, adding parks and revamping the airport.
This may be a vibrant and growing city, but it is also a 'planning mess,' writes Juan Forero. "A thousand new cars are introduced to traffic-choked streets each day. The subway system has roughly 60 stations and 50 miles of track; New York's has 468 stations and more than 800 miles of track. Business travelers rate Sao Paulo's international airport the worst on the continent."
Local residents are divided about a plan to flatten the 'Elevado,' and build a replacement thoroughfare underground. Perhaps an approach more indicative of a modern city would be to build a 'high line' style park for walkers and runners?