Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rua Augusta & Avenida Santo Amaro

Rua Augusta in 1966, modified by artist Jaime Silva Ponciano.
looking up toward Avenida Paulista... 1960s.
Newly-inaugurated the huge Conjunto Nacional building on the corner of Avenida Paulista & rua Augusta; see the tram rails laid on the street; Restaurant Fasano had been moved up from Avenida Sao Luiz; it had a big hall where international stars would perform to selected audiences; Cine Astor was the most modern cinema in town circa 1961.
1 9 6 3 - huge Borba Gato statue where Avenida Santo Amaro forks out to the right and Avenida Adolfo Pinheiro is on the right. 
Avenida Santo Amaro in 1967.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


building of the infamous 'minhocão' in 1970, that spelt the end of Sao Paulo as it had been known since the turn of the century...
Avenida Ipiranga looking up to Igreja Consolação up in the background... 
Edificio Andraus before the great 1972 fire. 

Bus terminal at Praça da Bandeira in 1977. 

The Seventies were called the Lead Years due to the Military Dictatorship that raged the country. General Elections were last held in a distant 1963. Presidents were chosen among a clique of military men; governors of the 22 states were hand-picked by the same gang; mayors of major cities like São Paulo, were 'appointed' according to the dictators' whims. Land reform was not heard of anymore... and a great migration from the poorer Northeast started into the already too big cities in the South making them dysfunctional places that survive into the 2000s. Ugly was the name of the game. As ugly as this 1973 photo of Praça Duque de Caxias and its concrete police stand.