Several small, celebratory demonstrations sprang up across Brazil on Monday night after the news broke that a Supreme Court judge threw out three corruption convictions against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
In his new book, Urban Acupuncture, Jaimer Lerner, the mayor who revolutionized the public transit system of Curitiba, Brazil, and cleaned up its waste, documents ways various cities create pleasant and sustainable atmospheres.
It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.
The success of Curitiba, Brazil's renowned sustainable city, can be traced to revolutionary urban planner and three-time mayor Jaime Lerner. He recently visited Living on Earth's studios for a conversation with host Steve Curwood.
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