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Samboja | Residents Revolted


Source: iG | São Paulo.

Quality of life has deteriorated in the opinion of São Paulo city residents.

According to a poll taken by the Nossa São Paulo network, city residents assign the city, on average, a score of 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of quality of life … “This is the lowest indicator we have seen since we began the survey,” said Márcia Cavallari, the CEO of market research firm Ibope, during the announcement of the results this morning.

Oddly, the results do not appear on IBOPE’s news page today.

In 2012, 8 out of 10 S. Paulo residents described traffic as bad or extremely bad, according to the survey. Most indicators have fallen in comparison with previous years. “Of the 169 items studied by the survey, 82% scored less than the arithmetical mean of 5.5 out of 10,” said Marcia, addiing: “17% of these items scored above the mean [5.5]”. Last year, 22% of these areas scored higher than average.

Mayor Fernando Haddad took part in a debate organized by the NGO Nossa São Paulo on Thursday.

I cannot seem to locate the event on NPS’s news page as well.

In the survey of 1,512 city residents, conducted between November 24 and December 8, 56% of the interview subjects said they would leave the city if they had the opportunity to live elsewhere.

Among interview subjects, 58% were born in the city. Of the 42% of non-natives, 82% have lived in São Paulo for more than 10 years. The survey also show that 7 in 10 São Paulo residents use the bus system every day and report an average wait of 21 minutes.

Oded Grajew, coordinator of the Nossa São Paulo network, says that the numbers suggest there is something very wrong with the city.

“When you have 170,000 children without day care in the richest city in Brazil, you realize there is something wrong here.” When the respective indicators for rich and poor areas of the city differ by a factor of tens, hundreds or thousands, you realize there is something wrong here. When only 1% of the city’s trash is recycled and the recycling business could employ many city residents, you realize there is something wrong.  When the two principal rivers that pass through the city remain open air cesspools, there is something wrong.  When 91% of the population feels unsafe, someting must be wrong.  When people have to wait two months to be attended by a doctor at the city’s healthcare centers, and a number of them die while waiting, there is something wrong. The city wants change,” he said.

Speaking after Grajew, the incoming mayor, Fernando Haddad (PT), said that in order to make São Paulo a better place to live, it will first be necessary to confront the problems the city faces.  Haddad underscored the role of the nonprofit sector in mobilizing citizens, as well as the need for a variety of funding sources.

Haddad thanked Nossa São Paulo and said he would continue to make himself available to participate in events like yesterday’s announcement of survey results, which are regularly published a week before the city’s anniversary.  “We will make this — Our São Paulo — a privileged forum for high level debates on what can be done,” he said.  Haddad concluded saying that São Paulo is “intelligence enough” to resolve the problems it currently faces.

“Our fundamental proposal is to inaugurate a new era of transparency, participatory democracy and sustainable development,” said Maurício Broinizi of Nossa São Paulo as he delivered the NGO’s proposals.

During the event, the mayor took delivery of a package of proposals for the city government’s planning goals, which are delivered by law within 90 days of the mayor’s taking office.  The suggestions were prepared by various Nossa São Paulo working groups, covering budget, education, environment, participatory democracy, youth, urban mobility, regionalization and health.


The «digital ecosystem» of Nossa São Paulo indicates points of encounter between various NGOs and policy makers.