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Megalopolis
Photograph by Stuart Franklin

São Paulo—with 18 million people the world's third largest city—sprawls from its high-rise downtown to squatter communities, or favelas, on its distant fringe. Once fashionable, the downtown core has lost many businesses and wealthy residents to newer business districts and outlying surburbs. The favelas continually expand as waves of poor people from elsewhere in Brazil arrive to build makeshift homes on undeveloped land at the city's edge. They come hoping to find jobs, education, and opportunity. Often what they find is unemployment, crime, and despair.


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