Dead End in Brazil? Interview with O Globo Brazil.

In the day before the opening of the World Cup in Brazil, where traffic chaos is expected to be the rule of the day (missed opportunities there?) this is a video transcript of a 20 November 2013 interview with Bolivar Torres, Brazil Sao Paulo Traffic congestionBrazilian journalist with O Globo, a leading Brazilian newspaper.  His topic: Notably unsustainable transportation and trends in Brazilian cities — seen from an international perspective. What to do? How to move from today’s failing and inconsistent ad hoc Old Mobility policies which are not getting at the roots of the problems? Perhaps toward a New Mobility Agenda?  And what if anything could have been introduced in time to improve traffic and life quality conditions for all during the coming World Cup and Olympics?

* See corrective note on photo below.

What is this?

In this case a reporter is sitting next to a phone in Rio de Janeiro while I am in my office in Lyon. We gave ourselves half an hour for the interview and prepped it with a couple of email exchanges and one short phone call.  (Skype was not an option for him in his office.). If you would like to see the article that resulted from this exchange, send me an email via and I will be sure to get you the reference.

Now . . .why am I posting this informal clip here? Well because I think it can be helpful for such interviews rather than simply by doing them by phone or Skype with a recorder in hand, the reporter has access in this way to not only the verbal content of the interview but also all of the body language, intonations and hesitations that are part of this means of communication. So, if it is not all that interesting as a source of information or insight in itself, it can be useful as an ecological reminder in situations like this. We have plenty of choices, and the first step is to start to look for them and learn by a bit of doing.

– – – > El Globo article of  26 November at

* Google translation into usable English at

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About the author:

Bolivar Torres - Brazil-smallerYou will find a short profile on Mr. Bolivar Torres who is also an active environmentalist  as well as a reported for O Globo and a number of other Brazilian publications, at


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About that photo:

Before you read this go back to the pic and click it to see a very large projection of the image.  Mega traffic in Sao Paulo?  With so many yellow trishaws? Evidence of a multi-hued BRT of sorts over on the left.  With quite so many micro-clustered  motorised two wheelers.  And then what about those license plates, most of which start with DL.  Oops, your editor scooped up the wrong photo. That is a shot of morning traffic in New Delhi.  And what do I know it. Well, because just this morning a reader “vsuprac” wrote a comment pointing out my error, which I now am pleased to correct with a photo of a morning in traffic in Sao Paulo.

brazil sao paulo heavy traffic - source  www.ourhomeinbrazil


About the editor:

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