Lea Stewart

The World's Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

by , 07/23/13

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The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930′s and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area threatened the destruction of the trees. Residents protested, and they were successful in lobbying mayor José Fogaça to declare the area a cultural site that has to be preserved.

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The trees on Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho create a dense shaded area. From above, it looks as if a forest has filled in between all of the neighboring buildings. Tipuana trees, also known as Rosewood, are native to South America and can grow to be upwards of 100 feet tall. Their extensive root systems can be known to damage streets, sidewalks and nearby homes, but special trenching can prevent this. When in bloom, they have lovely yellow flowers.

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6 Comments

  1. CarstenG December 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Aren’t these urban tree assets and their canopy marvelous, verdant and robust. Seeing these trees from photos and a distant view is one thing. Yet a close up assessment of individual tree health may bring to view an entirely different story. Large established irreplaceable urban trees don’t exist for the long-term by themselves. By inhabiting areas of dense human populations requires individual tree management strategy based on the “Art & Science of Arboriculture”- too often absent and excluded from many municipalities charged with managing urban trees. Perhaps Porto Allegre is unique in its funding for urban tree management and the trained / skilled arborists that practice arboriculture and not forestry. Are these trees then protected? And what protocols exist that protect them from the hard infrastructure ever imposing upon them.

  2. Jaia October 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    What is the zone (1,2,3,4, 5a or 5b, 6, 7, etc) for those trees, can they grow under 10 centigrades? What is the country of the pictures?
    Thank you,

    Maria

  3. english cheese man July 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I personally am not the hugest fan. I agree more roads should be like this with the regional variety of tree, but I think the main roads in Milton Keynes are better at this.

  4. Kahina Ferreira July 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Wow… breathtaking street…. It definatly works as an urban lung, absorbing all the particles in the air, cooling down the temperatures in summer, and provides a great and confortable jogging or ride on a bike. And ultimately shelter to some animals. I love it.

  5. pjavsicas July 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    It’s not beautiful. But it would be if there were no cars on it.

  6. Dan Fiegert July 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Would love to have an Android app for Inhabitat.:-)

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