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    Under a pall of dense smog the eight and a half million people of Sao Paulo have turned their overcrowded skyscraper city into the key urban area in the development of modern Brazil.

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    Under a pall of dense smog the eight and a half million people of Sao Paulo have turned their overcrowded skyscraper city into the key urban area in the development of modern Brazil.

    Its streets are blocked by impenetrable traffic jams, much of the city is without drainage or fresh water and it has an infant mortality rate of eight per cent.

    But in a deteriorating environment, Sao Paulo has increased its industrial output by 17 per cent during the last three years and contributes about 55 per cent to the country's total production and 35 per cent of the national income.

    In search of streets paved with cruzeiros, if not gold, migrant workers from the interior of Brazil arrive at the rate of 150 an hour.

    Last year the city fathers decreed that "the city that couldn't stop growing" would have to stop. But it is difficult to see any results of their efforts to create centres of industry outside the city.

    Sao Paulo is being tern apart for a new underground railway nd everywhere there are two deep holes from which will raise new skyscraper blocks, new banks, new offices. More than 11 per cent of Sao Paulo's labour force are employed in building a bigger city.

    Brazil's rapidly advancing meter manufacturing industry is a crucial factor in the nation's development. It is centered on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. A little way out on the motorway toward the port of Santos can be found mile after mile of mete works - the enormous Volkswagen factory has main building a mile long. Chrysler, General Motors, Fiat, Porkins, Saab and Mercedes also add to an annual car production which is expected to reach 750,000 this year.

    And many experts believe that as most of the world's motor industries are tern apart by strikes the car industry of Sao Paulo could become a major source of cars for Europe nd even the United States.

    Japanese companies have announced they plan to invest several billion dollars in Brazil.

    Sao Paulo is the symbol of the Brazilian boom. It is also the centre where the vast deals are made for mineral concessions and road construction which is cutting through the world's last great frontier - the vast virgin forests of the Amazonas and Mate Grosse.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6V56JW1WETKPY1LN1CNNMOUFN
    Media URN:
    VLVA6V56JW1WETKPY1LN1CNNMOUFN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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