Urban Tours By Rental Car: Sao Paulo

Wendell Cox tours Sao Paulo by rental car, offering a unique perspective on the city most 'reviled by the urban planning community'.
October 1, 2003, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Among the world's great metropolitan areas, perhaps none is more reviled by the urban planning community than Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is both Brazil's and the southern hemisphere's largest,among a group of metropolitan areas of similar size (with Mexico City, Mumbai and Seoul), somewhat smaller than New York and approximately one-half the size of Tokyo." Urban Tours by Rental Car offers perspectives on urban development obtained by automobiletours through urban areas. Rental cars are not the favored method for visiting cities, especiallythose outside one’s own country. Instead, tourists and urban planners favor packaged tours orlocal public transport systems for such tours. But for the urban planner interested in understanding the whole urban area, this is not enough.Neither they nor anyone else can develop an accurate conception of a city by reviewing anunrepresentative sample. Both public transport and packaged tours miss the larger part --- theexpanse of sprawling residential and business development that rings virtually all major urbanareas. They may be of little interest to many urban planners, but they should be." Editor's note: The link below is to an Adobe PDF document, and includes 13 photographs from around Sao Paulo.

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Published on Thursday, October 13, 2005 in Demographia
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