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Old 10-30-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: DF
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I've done extensive travel throughout Brazil and I've noticed that even the smallest brazilian towns have a significant number of high rises. Can anyone explain that phenomenon?

And it's not restricted to a certain part of Brazil either. Even small towns in the northeast have a significant number of high rises... certainly not skyscrapers, but it's not uncommon in small Brazilian towns to have several 10+ story buildings.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Brasilia
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Brazilians likes to live in apartments. Look at this. The city, Araujos, has less than 6.000 inhabitants in Minas Gerais state countryside...

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Brazilians likes to live in apartments. Look at this. The city, Araujos, has less than 6.000 inhabitants in Minas Gerais state countryside...
They like to live in apartments or the government encourages them to live in apartments? Not even in small western European countries do people live in tower blocks like Brazilians do.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: DF
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exactly... and I'm trying to find out WHY? Is it a safety/crime issue? Do Brazilians who are better off prefer tower blocks as a way to ward off criminals?
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Why can't you accept that there are cultures that are different from yours?

The Brazilian middle class likes to live in apartments, just like the middle class of New York City that lives in the apartments in Manhattan.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: DF
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Dude... seriously, get that chip OFF your shoulder. I am simply trying to ask about the character of Brazilian cities. Maybe I should've also asked if it's because the cost of land is so high, or land taxes so high, that it makes high rise apartments more affordable. Instead of crying like a little girl, why don't you maybe indulge someone as to WHY this is. THe only other countries in the world that I've seen this in would be china, korea and japan. Not even in western europe are there that many high rises.

And...Middle class Manhattanites? Very few middle class people in Manhattan OWN their apartments... any middle class people that live in Manhattan rent.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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One factor is that cement was very, very cheap in Brazil from the 1950's into the 1980's. Brazil had an oversupply of cement, and one use for cement is to build mid-rise towers. That's not the whole explanation, but without cheap cement, these buildings would have been much more difficult to construct.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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Safety is a big part of it. Brazil is one of the most dangerous countries in the World. To give you an idea, I live in Des Moines, Iowa and a city of the same size in Brazil would have on average 20 times more murders, robberies and home invasions.

Maceio', Alagoas is the third most dangerous city in the World, only behind Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Even people who live in gated communities and high rises are not totally safe, these places get robbed too.

I have a cousin who lives in a gated community in Sao Paulo, and even with a 24 hour security guard booth and surveillance cameras, they have had several home invasions
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Why can't you accept that there are cultures that are different from yours?

The Brazilian middle class likes to live in apartments, just like the middle class of New York City that lives in the apartments in Manhattan.
I don't think the OP is being intolerant but rather curious as to why Brazil builds it's cities like this. I've often wondered the same.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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It's CULTURE.

The Brazilian middle class, starting in the 70's, inspired by the condos in Miami and in Manhattan, decided that to live in apartments in condominiums is a "proof of social status".

It's now part of the culture of the Brazilian middle class to live in apartments in condominiums.

People like the sensation of living in a high place, far above the ground level, and with a good view of the surrounding city.

That's why the city where I live, Fortaleza, looks like this:

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