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The rise, fall, and rebirth of São Paulo city center

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Project of the Minhocão Park, in the heart of São Paulo city center

Where is the center of São Paulo? The question seems redundant, but the answer is hardly obvious. The “center”—certainly the financial center—has been dislocated westward repeatedly, such that it now finds itself some 6 to 8 kilometers to the southwest, on Avenues Faria Lima or Berrini. But there is some suggestion now that the center is coming back—to the center—with important revitalization plans afoot.

After decades of depopulation and deterioration of central regions of the city, real estate speculation has shot up over the past decade. Ten percent of new vertical residential buildings in São Paulo over the period have...

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