There are many current projects around the world to support sustainable development and growth in urban areas. The general goal is to create livable cities in which people have open spaces,

nature, and areas for congregation and relaxation. The idea is also to have well developed public transport systems that would reduce the need for cars and other transport that contribute to air pollution. Through good education programs there can be less litter and reduced waste. Finally, thoughtful use of more eco-friendly products, renewable energy, and materials can make a huge difference in reducing both waste production and energy use. Basically, cities can be built and developed in a way that is healthy for the local environment as well as those living within the city. Curitiba, Brazil, is a city that has become a model of sustainable city growth and quality urban planning. At the following links you can learn more about the different ways in which Curitiba, and its mayor, have supported sustainable, environmentally friendly urban growth. Read and learn about this city at the following links and the textbook, then answer the questions below: PBS Frontline report on Curitiba Wikipedia article Curitiba City Profile Some videos to view: How a Brazilian City Has Revolutionized Urban Planning Jaime Lerner: A song of the city Talk Video Questions to answer: What is the most significant change or project in the city of Curitiba that you feel has influenced it becoming more livable, clean, or sustainable? What do you think the future steps in Curitiba should be? For example, what would be a good 'next project' to continue their movement forth in sustainable development and quality urban planning? Do you feel that any of the planning, projects, policy, education programs, and/or changes they have made would work well in your own city? Which one, and why? Explain.