São Paulo 'exclusively for business, by business' at expense of urban poor

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Property speculation has created a community of ‘invisible, extremely vulnerable’ people in Brazil’s largest city, Raquel Rolnik tells Guardian Cities

São Paulo should be for all people, not all investors, the former UN special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has said, condemning rising inequality and the disenfranchisement of the urban poor in Brazil’s largest city.

Raquel Rolnik was discussing warring forces in São Paulo at Pivô, an exhibition space in the Copan building hosted by Guardian Cities on Thursday night. A former urban planning minister in Brazil, Rolnik served as the UN’s special rapporteur for adequate housing for six years to 2014.

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