Camila Saraiva, Anderson Kazuo Nakano
São Paulo is the largest and richest city in Brazil and among the most unequal megacities in the world. With over 12 million inhabitants and a GDP of $197.5 billion, São Paula represents 11 per cent of Brazil’s economic output. However, the city’s internal disparities are aggravated by unequal levels of public investment, residential segregation and high crime rates. Almost a quarter of the city’s population lives in slums lacking in basic services and exposed to environmental hazards.
This book offers an historical analysis of the urbanisation processes of São Paulo. It pays specific attention to the production of the inequalities and responses to them in the context of the megacity. Governance issues are explored as is the role of citizen participation in the reformulation of local policies, including an assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Camila Saraiva is Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Territorial Planning Department of the Federal University of ABC, Sao Paulo.
Anderson Kazuo Nakano is Professor at the Cities Institute of the Federal University of Sao Paulo.