Jaime Lerner was very influential in making Curitiba a sustainablecity. I even read an entire book about Curitiba for my APHG class in 9th grade. However, I was disappointed to see that things have gone downhill since Jaime left the city to become governor of Paraná.
"As a governor, he [Jaime] adopted a conservative stance against several social issues, and was responsible for a tough repression of the landless movement."
' "Curitiba is very famous for its urban planning, but the truth is this planning is very authoritarian and technocratic," explains Faria. The latest example of this is the aggressive bid to host four World Cup games in 2014. Drafted by IPPUC, the bid involves a reordering of priorities in city planning, the sale of public assets, the removal of residents without a rehousing plan and a slew of other measures.'
It all supports Daniel Quinn's quote from the link below: "...the world will not be saved by old minds with new programs. If it's saved, it will be saved by new minds with no programs at all." In other words, you can't force a person to change the way he lives. You can't make a city sustainable with programs and politics. Once you get the "plank" out of your own eye, you must gently and lovingly help your friends and acquaintances remove the specks from their eyes. (Matthew 7:3-5)