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São Paulo is one of the largest metropolises in the world and is characterized by broad social and spatial inequalities. It is the largest and most important metropolis in Brazil and in South America, with an estimated 11 million inhabitants in the municipality and 20 million in the metropolitan region by 2010, distributed across 7,944 square kilometers (3,067 square miles). In 2005, the city produced 12.5 percent of the Brazilian gross domestic product and, as a sample of Brazilian inequalities, concentrated both a significant part of the most modern productive activities associated with globalized businesses and a large poor population who tend to live in widely segregated spaces, mostly deprived of the benefits of urbanity and with low access to public policies and services. ...

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