Brazil fails to offer affordable housing in its cities

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Brazil’s economic slowdown is hitting the country’s big cities hard. In Sao Paulo, the country’s biggest metropolis, this can be seen in the explosive growth of favelas, or shantytown slums.

CCTV America’s Paulo Cabral reports.

Brazil fails to offer affordable housing in its cities

Brazil fails to offer affordable housing in its cities

Brazil's economic slowdown is hitting the country's big cities hard. In Sao Paulo, the country's biggest metropolis, this can be seen in the explosive growth of favelas, or shantytown slums. CCTV America's Paulo Cabral reports.

More details:

  • Brazil’s 2010 official Census counted almost 2.2 million people living in slums in the greater Sao Paulo area.
  • Urban planning experts and municipal authorities say the city’s housing shortage is a serious problem that needs to be addressed with long-term solutions.