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A selection of interactive city mapping projects from around the globe.

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Accidental Skyline NYC

Too often, New Yorkers are caught off guard by new development in their neighborhoods. The Accidental Skyline offers tools to help demystify the city planning process and bring the public into the conversation.

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An Interactive Look at the Berlin Wall

They New York Times uses sliders and maps to look at some of Berlin’s most identifiable landmarks from 1961 to 2009

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Aqueduct: Measuring and Mapping Water Risk (World Resources Institute)

Water scarcity is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. In its Global Risks 2013 report, the World Economic Forum identified water supply crises as one of the highest impact and most likely risks facing the planet. With the support of a diverse group of partners, the World Resources Institute built Aqueduct to…

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Arriving in Berlin

This map seeks to provide useful information for newcomers in Berlin and is especially meant to support refugees. “Arriving in Berlin” is a mapping project, byHaus Leo, Wohnen für Flüchtlinge (Berliner Stadtmission) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

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Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced here in ways impossible in print, animated…

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Banksy Tour of New York Map

Banksy’s public show in New York “Better In Than Out,” is part scavenger hunt and part performance piece. Daily Intelligencer plotted all of the pieces — along with some before and after GIFs of the impermanence and graffiti-on-graffiti crime — so you can visit them while they last, or just see them all in one…

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Berlin Places I live Map

This map calculates a Life Quality Index for every location in Berlin. What is that? Life Quality Index (LQI) identifies wide scope of threads and opportunities in the social and physical environment of any given urban area. It was created to provide an overall information about neighborhoods in different cities and help their citizens to…

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Biodiversity Interactive Map

Biodiversity Interactive Map (BIM) is an easy to use tool to display and produce maps of Victoria’s biodiversity, native vegetation, flora and fauna data. BIM displays information on Victoria’s: Vegetation, Biodiversity, Planning, Threatened Flora and Fauna, Wetlands, Marine and coast, Disturbance, Catchments, Land administration and classification

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Canadian Wildland Fire Information System Interactive map

The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) creates daily fire weather and fire behavior maps year-round and hot spot maps throughout the forest fire season, generally between May and September.

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Carsharing in Berlin

​Many thing carsharing is the future and this map gives us a glimpse of what that may look like in Berlin. with a great explanation of the whole project. This project uses a number of graphic representation styles fueled by CartoDB and Tableau.

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City of Melbourne Maps

This site includes information, maps and images relating to properties, features and assets located within the City of Melbourne municipal area. Map data includes childcare and schools, community facilities, development activities, historic maps, mobility information, districts, walking tours and more.

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Crowd Sourced Water Issue Map São Paulo

Cities across Brazil have faced water shortages. Folha de São Paulo is collecting stories and photos from people without water at home or at work as well as leaks in the street. Reports are displayed on an interactive map

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Digital Matatus, Nairobi

Digital Matatus shows how to leverage the ubiquitous nature of cellphone technology in developing countries to collect data for essential infrastructure, give it out freely and in the process spur innovation and improved services for citizens. Conceived out of collaboration between Kenyan and American universities and the technology sector in Nairobi, this project captured transit…

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Dredge Collective: Mapping New York Harbor

JFK airport and thousands of acres encircling Jamaica Bay were marshy wetlands before being filled in. The extant vegetated marsh islands within it are eroding at an ever-accelerating rate. Without additional anthropogenic influences – such as the creative application of dredged materials to reconstruct the islands – they may completely disappear as soon as 2020.…

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Furushwa

In response to thousands of evictions by the Kenyan government Amnesty International built this resource to allow residents at risk of eviction, or those who’ve already been made homeless, to easily report it. To collect multi media evidence showing the human impact of illegal evictions and to send instant up-to-date-information alerting residents when an eviction…

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Global oil production (as of October 2015)

This map shows global oil production levels in barrels/day per country.

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GLobalView: Climate Change in Perspective

Bloomberg’s interactive map offers ways to explore climate change’s current and potential impacts at various locations around the world.

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How the S-Bahn Ring Divides Berlin

​Map explores where new and native Berliners settle relative to the S-Bahn ring

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Inequality and New York’s Subway

This project from the New Yorker shows New York City has a problem with income inequality. And it’s getting worse—the top of the spectrum is gaining and the bottom is losing. Along individual subway lines, earnings range from poverty to considerable wealth. The interactive infographic here charts these shifts, using data on median household income,…

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Interactive Map of California’s Residential and System-Wide Water Use

A new web app from the Pacific Institute shows how different California cities are responding to the ongoing drought. This web feature brings to life newly-released data on residential and system-wide water use, and allows users to explore trends and patterns in that use. Since July of 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board, has…

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Killing the Colorado

The Colorado River — the most important water source for 40 million people in the West — is draining. For a century, seven states engineered ways to wring ever more water from the river, defying all natural limitations. But now, the very water laws and policies that shaped progress are rendering the West more vulnerable…

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King County iMap

iMap is an application that allows you to view King County spatial information (GIS data and images) in an interactive map display. You can customize your map display to show just the information you want to see at the best scale for your chosen purpose. iMap is your window to a wealth of geographic information…

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King County Lidar Swipe Viewer

Lidar is an aerial scanning method that can produce detailed representations of the earth’s surface. The Lidar Swipe map viewer is designed to provide users a simple means for viewing a shaded-relief image that was made from lidar data. The viewer shows a King County-maintained mosaic of lidar data that has been collected in various…

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King County Metro System Map

Use this simple map viewer to see an overview of the Metro System Map. Pan and zoom for a closer look anywhere on the map, find your current location, search for an address of landmark, create bookmarks, and print your map view.

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King County Parcel Viewer

With Parcel Viewer 2.0 searching for King County parcel information has never been easier! You can search by address, search by parcel number, or you can just zoom in on the map and click on a parcel. You can also select and zoom to a street intersection. Once a parcel is selected, you will get…

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Lack of Sidewalks in Seattle

​This map from the Urbanist highlights the roughly 900 miles (28% of city blocks) without any sidewalks in Seattle.

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London Squared Map

London Squared came out of a partnership between After the Flood and Future Cities Catapult to develop product ideas that would help them create, use, and share city data better. This abstracted, but still recognizable map showing huge amounts of data and information for major neighborhoods of the city.

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Manhattan Skyline Reimagined To Reflect The City’s Income Inequality

Manhattan has one of the worst income gaps of any city—or country—in the world, often separated by just a few blocks. These striking graphics make that inequality apparent in the height of the city’s buildings. *not interactive

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Map Kibera

Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, was a blank spot on the map until November 2009, when young Kiberans created the first free and open digital map of their own community. Map Kibera has now grown into a complete interactive community information project. We work in Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru, use all these tools. Get in touch!

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Map of embargoed works in São Paulo

This 2013 map was developed by Mayor Fernando Haddad after the collapse of an irregular work in the neighborhood of St. Matthew, in the East, which left ten workers dead.

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Mapping InequalityRedlining in New Deal America

The University of RIchmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab compiled historic maps and data of redlining practice in 150+ cities across the country in an interactive format.

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Mapping Seattle’s Noise Complaints

Trulia used CartoDB and its spatial-temporal visualization tool to map police data on noise complaints from Seattle going back to 2010. Not surprisingly the U-District, Downtown and Capital Hill are the noise complaint winners…or losers depending on how you look at it.

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Melbourne Age Map

Australia has an ageing population. Millennials are also changing the face of our cities. In this project, we visualize the spatial distribution of population by age in Melbourne.

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Melbourne Bike Crash Map

Cycling is growing in Australia. The number of bike trips to work in the Greater Melbourne area has increased from 12,124 in 1991 to 25,572 in 2011. Despite the growing interest in cycling, bike safety has remained a concern. This project visualizes 5 years’ worth of bicycle crashes from 1/7/2008 to 1/7/2013.

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Melbourne Car Ownership Map

There are 13 million passenger vehicles registered in Australia. In this project, we visualize the spatial distribution of car ownership in Melbourne.

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Melbourne Immigrant Birth Places

This map reveals the top three birthplaces for immigrants in Melbourne and other cities and suburbs across Australia. You can also access a map revealing birthplaces excluding English and New Zealand immigrants.

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Melbourne Urban Forest

The City of Melbourne maintains more than 70,000 trees. This website enables you to explore this dataset and some of the challenges facing Melbourne’s Urban Forest.

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MrmApp . Travel application for Mumbai sub-urban rail

Design for People: Mumbai suburban rail is one of the busiest rapid transit systems in the world — operating more than 2000 train services and carrying more than 7 million passengers daily. Rail map plays a critical role in providing the travel related information to help commuters navigate and guide them towards informed decision making…

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Mukuru on the Move

This map identifies the various community health assets that the residents of the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi identified in a series of workshops from 2008-2010

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Multilingual Tweets in NYC

This map visualizes the geography of about 8.5 million geo-located tweets collected between Jan 2010 and Feb 2013. Each tweet is marked by a slightly transparent dot coloured according to the language it was written in.

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My Neighborhood Map

City of Seattle’s My Neighborhood Map provides a wealth of information on any given neighborhood in Seattle. From 911 incident responses and police reports, to nearby services, blogs, meeting places and elected officials.

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Nairobi Gender Violence Resources

​Resources for victims of Gender Violence including: outreach, counseling services, clinical services, legal services, religious institutions, coordination groups, security services and shelters

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Noise Pollution Map of Berlin

This interactive map displays Berlin’s computed noise levels in decibels for day, evening and night times. Includes noise source information.

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NYC Visualized through Smart Shoes

Brooklyn based interaction designer Cooper Smith has created an amazing series of videos documenting pedestrian travel within Manhattan. By tracking the paths of 1000 Nike Plus (Nike’s new smart running shoe) runs, he was able to produce and distill a wide variety of data. The results are quite elegant in terms of graphics, and offer…

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OldNYC

This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL‘s incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day.

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Opportunity Mapping

These maps provided by the Puget Sound Regional Council are a study of the region’s geography of opportunity, based on 2010 census data. “Opportunity” is a situation or condition that places individuals in a position to be more likely to succeed or excel. Opportunity maps illustrate where opportunity rich communities exist, assess who has access…

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Patho Map NYC

PathoMap is a research project by Weill Cornell Medical College to study the microbiome and metagenome of the built environment of NYC.

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Pedestrian Crashes by Light Condition

We have mapped 5-years worth of pedestrian crashes in Melbourne, categorized by light condition. Other information including crash severity and speed limit are also included.

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Rat Sightings in NYC

This map, designed by Meredith Myers, shows where some of those hotspots are. It draws on 311 data, displaying the last 10,000 rat sightings that have been called in to the social services hotline. As you can see, some areas are bright red, with hundreds more reports than nearby neighborhoods.

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Real Time News Map in Mumbai

​Interactive map provides real time news updates on Mumbai

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Rents in Berlin

This interactive map helps users identify which neighborhoods they can afford. A slider allows you to select a monthly net income for your household and by selecting the number of rooms required (bedrooms +1), the map will display rental data for each of the areas marked on the map. The map is color-coded to show…

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Ridlr real time traffic map of Mumbai

Ridlr gives you real time information about bus, local train, metro and monorail schedules. It factors in blocks and diversions & delays and cancellations when suggesting any mode of transport to you.

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Safecity Mumbai

​This crowdsourced map helps women feel safer navigating through Mumbai and other cities in India. Safecity users can report and view incidents of talking, catcalls, indecent exposure, touching, assault, poor lighting and more.

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Sandy Construction Progress Map

New York City’s Build it Back program provides several ways for homeowners affected by Sandy to repair or rebuild their homes. Some homeowners paid for repairs out of pocket and have been reimbursed. Others applied for the city to hire a contractor directly, but many of those applicants are still waiting for construction to begin,…

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São Paulo Real Estate

​This visually striking map using CartoDB displays the price per square meter by block in São Paulo, Brazil

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seARTtle

Created by Geography student Kuang Sheng at the University of Washington, SeARTtle maps public art throughout the city of Seattle. SeARTtle reflects both the location and relative height of each piece.

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Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development GIS

​This interactive GIS map published by Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development makes essential GIS layers easily accessible. A few of the base layers include: building outlines, contours, parcels, pavement edges, and tree canopy cover. Zoning and environmentally critical areas are also highlighted, including layers for areas that are: flood prone, susceptible liquefaction, wetlands, steep…

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Seattle’s incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces

With the birth of Y Combinator in Silicon Valley a decade ago, the number of accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces has increased exponentially over the past decade, with more than 200 in the U.S. alone today. Geekwire has collected Seattle’s 55+ accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces in this post, complete with map.

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Shaping Seattle: Buildings

This interactive map from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development shows building projects throughout Seattle. Images, design proposals and projected timelines are provided for most of the sites.

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Sidewalk Cafe Map

The Department of Consumer Affairs has put together an interactive map of New York City’s sidewalk cafes. This could be the beginning of a map on NYC public life.

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Sounds of Mumbai Map

​Beautiful interactive map takes you on and tour through fifteen Mumbai soundscapes.

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Stewardship Mapping in the Seattle Area

The goal of stewardship mapping in the Seattle area is to reveal the impacts of environmental stewardship by identifying and mapping all participating organizations. What kinds of organizations participate in environmental stewardship? Where do they work? How do they work together?

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Swimming in Berlin

This map of Berlin charts: lakes, bathing sites, nature, BVG bus stops, outdoor swimming pools, indoor swimming pools, and dog bathing sites

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The hidden rivers of São Paulo

This map shows some of the more than 300 streams and creeks that run underground the largest city in South America

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The Waterlines Project

We examine the history of Seattle through a focus on its shorelines: the natural and human forces that have shaped them, the ways they have been used and thought about by the people who have lived here, and how this historic understanding might influence urban-development decisions being made today.

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Toilets in Mumbai

Students and faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Graduate School of Design (GSD) came together to address a common issue in slum dwelling—the scarcity and poor conditions of public toilets in urban slums in Mumbai—and to discuss sustainable solutions from design and public health.

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Transit Time NYC

​Interactive map visualizes subway transit times from any point in the city

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Twitter map of Nairobi

This map by Social Computing Group at Idiap Research Institute and Afrotech Lab at EPFL tracks twitter usage across Nairobi. Datasets display word clouds for select locations, clustered tweets and temporal adjustments can be made.

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Urban Layers Interactive Map of NYC

Urban Layers is an interactive map created by Morphocode that explores the structure of Manhattan’s urban fabric. The map lets you navigate through historical fragments of the borough that have been preserved and are currently embedded in its densely built environment. The rigid archipelago of building blocks has been mapped as a succession of structural…

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USGS topoView – Historical Topography Maps

TopoView highlights one of the USGS’s most important and useful products, the topographic map. In 1879, the USGS began to map the Nation’s topography. This mapping was done at different levels of detail, in order to support various land use and other purposes. As the years passed, the USGS produced new map versions of each…

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Victims of the Berlin Wall

Victims of the Berlin Wall from 1961 on with photos, age, origin and cause of death.

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Visualizing Cities – An Open Platform

Visualization as a tool for analysis, exploration and communication has become a driving force in the task of unravelling the complex urban fabrics that form our cities. This platform tries to bring together urban visualization projects from around the globe.

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Walking Tour of Berlin’s Architecture

Berlin walk highlighting a selection of the city’s architecture, from the jagged angles of the Jewish Museum to the inner ‘vineyards’ of the Philharmonie

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Washington Highways Map – Circa 1915

Aside from a rather odd name for a State Agency at the time, the map is pretty interesting. Just click on the map to enlarge. The route that we now know as I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass was then known as the Sunset Highway. Not only was the actual physical route over the pass somewhat different…

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WaterWatch: Map Interface to All USGS Real-Time Water Data

The real-time water data retrieval map is a portal to all USGS hydrologic monitoring stations that transmit data in real- or near real-time, including surface water, ground water, and water quality sites. The data depicted on these maps are provisional and have not been reviewed or edited. They may be subject to significant change. This…

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Welikia 1609 Map of NYC

This interactive map that lets you explore what every block of New York City was like in 1609, the year Henry Hudson arrived.

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What a Hundred Million Calls to 311 Reveal About New York

There was something fitting in this unlikely connection, since 311 is designed to re-create some of the human touch of small-town life in the context of a vast metropolis. Eighty percent of calls connect to a live rep within half a minute, after a brief recorded message summing up the day’s parking regulations (a major…

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Where to Recycle in São Paulo

Interactive map guides residents of São Paulo to the over one hundred addresses where they can dispose of recyclable waste.

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Zoning for Future São Paulo

​Interactive map of São Paulo developed based on the the Master Plan approved in 2014, which establishes guidelines for the city’s next 15 years of growth.

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