I was a very bad blogger during my last few trips to Brazil. So I'll do my best to catch up this week.
On our last day in Rio we stayed at the Copacabana Palace which over looks the beachfront road Avenida Atlântica, with its world famous black and white patterned sidewalks. On Sunday the 4-lane road was closed to traffic to create a temporary public space that stretched from Copacabana, through Ipanema, to Leblon. It was a beautiful thing to see the sun kissed, fitness-minded Brazilians and tourists alike strolling running and biking as I went for a morning run.
It reminds me of Sunday Streets which does something similar here in SF. It's magical to watch a public space spontaneousy emerge for a few hours! It's good for business, community, and everyone's general happiness to open the streets up and watch the civic space transform.
They've just announced their 2011 schedule which includes my favorite route, 24th St and Valencia in the Mission on May 8th!