By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Dozens of Brazilian cities close main roadways on Sunday so that the population may use the area to ride bikes, walk and assemble. São Paulo Mayor, Fernando Haddad, has intended to replicate that scenario when he decided to close to traffic on Sundays the city’s most famous street: Avenida Paulista, not without controversy however.

Until now, Avenida Paulista is only officially closed a few days throughout the year, including New Year's Eve and during Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here