Now You See It There is an elevated expressway snaking through the heart of the São Paulo, nicknamed the  Minhocão (mee-nya-cow). In Brazilian folklore, the  minhocão is rumored to be an ... more 
Now You See It There is an elevated expressway snaking through the heart of the São Paulo, nicknamed the  Minhocão (mee-nya-cow). In Brazilian folklore, the  minhocão is rumored to be an enormous black worm that burrows through the forest, devouring houses, animals, and people in its wake. By the time construction on the expressway was complete in 1971, it was the largest reinforced concrete project in Latin America. On every Sunday and holiday since 1976, the entire 2.2 miles of the Minhocão is closed to traffic and open to pedestrians and cyclists (or anyone not driving a motorized vehicle). During the rest of the week, somewhere around 80,000 vehicles pass through the elevated highway. Crossing a street can feel near fatal in many cities around the globe. It is a powerful feeling to be a pedestrian and rule a road meant for high speed vehicles (and not be participating in a special event such as a marathon or protest demonstration). But wait, why is there a Volkswagen Beetle in this photograph you might ask? There was a cameraman in the back seat, so it’s likely that they had a film permit and were shooting a scene along the Minhocão that Sunday afternoon. less 
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Ninety-nine Percent Invisible
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 3:22 PM EDT