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  • Curitiba
    • About Curitiba
      • one of the world's most sustainable cities
      • southern Brazil 250 miles form Sao Paulo
      • pop 1.8 million
      • Curitibans earn 66% more than average Brazilian
      • Mayor Jamie Lerner
        • elected 3 times
        • first time elected in 1971, last time in 1989
    • Flooding
      • city had frequent flooring before Lerner in office due to location
      • floodwater redirected into lakes and rivers around the city
        • lakes economically sufficient as they are used for leisure activities
      • green belts around lakes allowed to develop naturally
        • increase biodiversity
    • Public transport
      • BRT system
        • stands for Bus Rapid Transport
        • used by 1.5 million people per day
        • city couldn't afford to build rail/subways, so existing bus routes improved
        • bus stops centred around attractions, no private cars
      • buses are 10x cheaper than trains
      • bus routes are adaptable
      • Bus designs
        • hold 270 people as opposed to 72 on London bus
        • a lot of passengers so congestion reduced
        • use 25% less fuel than other buses
      • only 30% of Curitibans drive
      • Bus stations
        • Plexiglass--no lighting in day
        • tube design--faster boarding, less idling
        • less waiting time and therefore less litter
    • Waste disposal
      • rubbish separated by families into organic/inorganic, collected separately
      • families in squatter settlements bring rubbish to neighbourhood centres, exchange for bus tickets/local food. Green exchange programme
      • rubbish goes to recycling plant made of recycled materials
      • material sold to local industries, styrofoam shredded to make quilts for poor
    • Employment
      • Curitibans earn 66% more than average Brazilian
      • Rua das Flores lined with gardens by street children
      • local companies employ strret children, gardening/simple chores--learn skills
      • recycling centres employ recent immigrants disabled and alcoholics
  • bus stops centred around attractions, no private cars


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