São Paulo: Distinct Worlds Within a Single Metropolis

  • Marcela da Silva Costa
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


This chapter discusses how social inequality has framed São Paulo’s mobility culture and has led to a stressed mobility system. To demonstrate this, figures of inequality as it relates to mobility are given, as well as indicators that illustrate the principal mobility problems. Social, economical, cultural and political issues that lie behind the current situation are also discussed, and stories from typical São Paulo citizens are presented in order to reveal more clearly the impact of inequality and transport policies on daily life. In conclusion, this chapter presents the measures currently being taken in São Paulo in order to address the most visible mobility problems. Moreover, it calls for further action to promote policy that is more balanced, so as to reduce the gap between the wealthy and the poor, and pave the way to a more sustainable city.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcela da Silva Costa
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  1. 1.Vetec Engenharia LTDASao PauloBrazil 

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