World: Bras

TO one of its early foreign admirers, Brasilia was "madness—but heroic madness." For most of its short history, the ultramodern inland capital has lived up to only the first part of that billing. When it was inaugurated in 1960, after four years of feverish effort and the expenditure of some $600 million, Brasilia's malls were pools of red mud, its streets were unpaved, and its new Senate did not even have seats. Only 20 of the country's 326 federal Deputies took up residence, and no sooner had the dedication ceremonies ended than virtually every...

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