most beautiful street in the world from above

Brazil’s Most Beautiful Street Bursts With Trees

There are many things that make streets beautiful. Vibrant street life, local businesses, beautiful homes, and buildings all create a sense of wellbeing and appeal. Yet one of the most immediately arresting elements, the things that instantly makes us stop and take note, are the least urban of them all — the trees.

By this measure, Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, may be the most desirable street in the world. 

More than one hundred towering tipuana trees line a 500 meter length of the street, neatly arranged like giants along the narrow sidewalk. According to Wikipedia, they were planted in the 1930s by German workers at a local brewery.

In 2005, a developer who wanted to build a shopping mall received permission from the city to remove some of the trees to create parking (can you think of a worse exchange?). In response, outraged residents gathered together to form a community organization to oppose them — successfully!

As a result of their efforts, on June 5th, 2006, this stretch of Rua Goncalo de Carvalho become officially recognized as a site of Ecological, Cultural, and Environmental Heritage by then-mayor, Joseph Fogaca.

All the attention is great, of course, and this unusual street is clearly deserving of some special distinction. But more to the point — who wouldn’t want to live on a street as lovely as this one? Imagine how happy the birds must be as they fly overhead.

Via Treehugger

Images: Stephen Messenger and Renata Miyagusku

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