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Except for financial news, with its taken-for-granted global importance, and occasional eyecatching celebrities and international sporting contests, the daily news is replete with tales of single-interest political groups and the activities of local eccentrics and wellknown personalities. Carnivals of Culture and Commerce Insulated by European affluence, the concerns of other cities world-wide (and particularly the cities of the southern and eastern hemispheres) seem remote from the Culture and Commerce...
I have suggested that individual cities have assiduously cultivated networks among other cities and corporations, effectively sidelining the State as a dominant partner in social, cultural, political and economic policies and processes. The role of the State in legislating and overseeing social and cultural programmes is increasingly being confined to legitimating economic policies emanating from outside that State. The role of the State is being limited to overseeing the law-and-order function and the maintenance of surveillance in the service of capital.
The urban development in Belo Horizonte Belo Horizonte was the first planned Brazilian city which was created in 1897, as the new Capital of Minas Gerais State, in order to receive a population of 200,000 people. The city, situated in a hilly area, grew on the basis of a ‘grid scheme’ of wide avenues crossed at right angles by streets. 43 Although many macro-scale modifications were made during the 1940s the original plan did not allow for the rapid urbanisation process. The political decline of Rio, as a result of the removal of the Capital function to Brasília, the improvement of inter-city road networks and the creation of an industrial and commercial centre in Belo Horizonte, as part of the modernization process of the Brazilian interior, have been responsible for its rapid progress.
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