Photographer's Note

Belo Horizonte é a Capital de Minas Gerais, centro económico de um dos Estados mais dinâmicos do pais. É uma cidade do interior com cerca de 3.7 milhões de habitantes e com a periferia urbana chega aos 4.3 milhões.

Esta foto foi tirada do Hotel Quality que fica mais ou menos a meio da Avenida Afonso Pena que corta grande parde da cidade em linha recta.

Em redor do hotel a vista é semelhante.

The metropolis was once a small village, founded by a prospector from São Paulo, João Leite da Silva Ortiz, who found a location with agreeable weather, decided to stay, and built a farm called "Curral del Rey" (archaic Portuguese for "Corral of the King"). The farm's wealth and success encouraged more people into the region, and Curral del Rey became a village surrounded by farms. Several of these were built by the Faria family.

In 1889 Brazil became a republic. And to enter the new era, leaving behind the monarchical past, the name "Curral Del Rey" was changed to Belo Horizonte in April 12, 1890. Later, in December 17, 1893, Belo Horizonte was chosen as the construction site of the new capital of Minas Gerais, that would replace the previous state capital of Ouro Preto. The new capital would be the first planned city of Brazil and was to be called "Cidade de Minas" after it's construction. It was inaugurated in December 12, 1897, the city's official birthdate, under the name of "Cidade de Minas". But this name was never popular and in 1901 the city's name was definitively reverted back to Belo Horizonte.

One interesting feature of Belo Horizonte is the downtown street plan, featuring a regular array of perpendicular and diagonal streets designed by town planner Aarão Reis. However, the city's growth — which was especially intense in the last twenty years of the 20th century – far surpassed its planning, and the city now faces a number of infrastructure problems. About 20% of the population has no access to the sewage network, like many brazilian cities, and floods are a problem in the slums, destroying houses and killing people in the rainy season (November to March).

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