curitiba brazil
June 21, 2010, 2:29 pm
Filed under: Cities, density, Energy
  • Implementation of a plan for sustainable urban development began in the early 1970s.
  • Since the 1970s conversion of unused polluted land into usable public green space has increased the amount of open space per person from two to 150 sq. feet.
  • Bus station tubes, which not only provide shelter and house ticket sellers but also
  • raise passengers to the level of the bus floors, increase bus system efficiency.
  • Buses provide the majority of public transportation, servicing an estimated 1.5
  • million people per day.
  • Use of long, hinged buses creates transport for up to 300 people in one vehicle.
  • The bus system is privately owned, unsubsidized, and profitable.
  • Curitiba has 25% lower fuel consumption than the Brazilian national average.
  • Average per capita income is US $2,500.
  • The downtown pedestrian zone is open 24 hours a day
  • Homeless children are employed to care for flower beds in pedestrian zones and to
  • keep parks clean.
  • A program for distribution of food in trade for garbage provides incentive to keep
  • streets in the poorest areas, which are generally inaccessible to trash service, clean.

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