Brazil: Pffft!

Rio de Janeiro's parking problem is about as acute as New York's might be if everybody drove to work. Since there are no parking lots, garages or meters, and since Rio traffic cops have always regarded parked cars with compassion, Rio motorists park anywhere. They double park and triple park; they park on sidewalks, in crosswalks, at intersections, on center islands. Every place but on top of another car. Now Brazil's revolutionaries are taking the matter in hand—the stern hand of Air Force Colonel Americo Fontenele, 43, Rio's new traffic director.


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