Rare Atlantic Forest in São Paulo Is Left out of City Hall's Park Planning

Area coveted by the real estate market at Burle Marx now depends on Congress to be included in the Master Plan

São Paulo

The remaining stretch of Atlantic Forest clashes visually with the concrete and glass towers on the Pinheiros riverside, in the south zone of São Paulo.

The green area, adjacent to Burle Marx Park, exceeds one kilometer. Almost half of this forest is a protected public reserve. The other portion only survives in the landscape thanks to provisional court decisions that prevent the construction of buildings.

SÃO PAULO, SP, 29.04.2023 - Rare Atlantic Forest in SP is left out of City Hall’s park planning (Danilo Verpa/Folhapress, COTIDIANO) - Folhapress

Noisy, the resident's group SOS Panamby exposed in the press almost a decade ago the attempt to suppress the native forest by real estate companies that had authorization from the Municipality of São Paulo to build in the area, which led the Federal Prosecution Service to investigate and report the case.

It remains to convince the municipal government to take responsibility for the cost of expropriating the area of around 160,000 square meters, which would make the Burle Marx double its size.

When submitting the proposed revision of the Master Plan to the City Council, the management of Ricardo Nunes (MDB) did not include these pieces of land in the framework of newly planned parks. The Department for Green and the Environment says that it is necessary to go deeper into feasibility studies.

Translated by Cassy Dias

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