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Tools to compare São Paulo to foreign metropolis

São Paulo has one of the best carbon footprints and great weather – but also the highest criminality and the worst entrepreneurial environment. This is how the Brazilian mega city is portrayed by Cities of Opportunity, a study just published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the biggest accountancy companies in the world. It compares the economic/social/cultural performance of 26 metropolis for 10 major indicators, from innovation to climate, from cost to livability. It is pretty useful for those moving or doing business in one of these urban centers, having to figure what opportunities and challenges they will have to face.

One of the coolest features of the project is Model your City. It allows you to pick the cities and 66 indicators of your choice to build a comparative chart. You can also download the whole document. It is pretty simple to read: the higher the number of points a city has for a certain indicator (between 1 and 26), the better.

São Paulo’s depiction is not exactly kind. In fact it is one of the bottom three, just above Johannesburg and Mumbai, with a little under half the points gathered by New York, that heads the list. Continue reading Tools to compare São Paulo to foreign metropolis

Brazil gets more urban, feminine and old

Boa Vista, in the Amazon, one of the state capitals with quick growth. Photo by Agência de Notícias do Acre/Flickr

Brazilian population is growing slower.  According to the latest Census, just published by IBGE, the federal statistics bureau, during the past decade, it grew at an annual rate of 1.17% – it was 1.64% in the previous nineties and 2.99% in the sixties. The country has today a little over 190 million people, an increase of 21 million since the beginning of the millennium. The reason is predictable: families are getting smaller and, in several states, the birth rate is inferior to the mortality rate. This is particularly clear in the Southern and Southeastern states. While the South’s population grew, as a whole,  0.87% per year, in the North it grew 2.09%. The rural population only grew in two regions – North and Center-West. Today, 84.4% of the population lives in cities (81,2% in 2000). Continue reading Brazil gets more urban, feminine and old

Brazilian cities under the microscope

Downtown Veranópolis, in the Southern Rio Grande do Sul state

People don’t live in countries or states – they live in cities. Ultimately, it’s the local government, infrastructure and cultural services that define one’s quality of life. And quality of life in Brazilian cities is changing quickly, according to a study just released by IBGE (the main national statistics bureau). For the first time in ten years, IBGE raised information from 5,565 local governments to draw the profile the country’s municipalities.

Overall, they seem to be offering more sports and cultural opportunities, but they still have to improve their policies concerning the environment, minorities and human rights.

The report’s main conclusions:

  • Bookstores can be found in only 28% of Brazilian cities (it was 35.5% in 1999). Apparently, book sales remain similar, because readers prefer to acquire them through the internet or in supermarkets. Also, the number of video rental stores is getting smaller, after many years of growth. Today, they can be found in almost 70% of Brazilian cities, but they are losing their costumers to cable TV and the internet.

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