Taming ‘the worm’: how the Minhocao is Sao Paulo’s soul

On weekdays residents who live within feet of this sillines of Brazils military dictatorship must put up with pollution and a constant roaring but at other hours autoes are banned. In a city short on public space, the people take control

” I recollect when our street had trees on it. It was so nice ,” says 91 -year-old Elca Cartum as she sits in her living room, only feet away from the incessant stream of cars and trucks on the elevated highway that passes right outside her window.

Elca has been living on the third floor since 1959. First they widened the street and planted trees to make a boulevard, she remembers. Then in the late 60 s Brazil’s military tyranny decided Sao Paulo required an elevated freeway to help connect the east and west of the rapidly growing city.

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