Brasilia was envisioned as a very different city than the one it has become. It was designed to cater to cars, not pedestrians -- the antithesis of what is seen as good urban planning today -- leading to complaints that the city has not been built on a human scale. It has also grown tremendously, from the 500,000 it was originally meant to hold to more than 2.5 million inhabitants. Informal communities in which crime and unemployment are rampant have cropped up around the city's outskirts.
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