A Hip Street in Sao Paulo

Clubs with live music have woken up Rua Augusta, where rich and poor mingle and party into the morning hours. But you probably won’t find samba here.

Teenagers in black jeans and hoodies sit sipping vodka on the sidewalk. At a venue down a few blocks of graffiti-covered walls, a man in a shark costume belts out rock songs. Outside a dance club, well-paid fashion designers mingle with street punks and transvestite prostitutes.

It’s far from the tropical sun, sex and samba image of Brazil that looms large in the mind of tourists.

Rapid change is gripping Brazil, especially Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America and the most expensive in the Western Hemisphere. A red-hot economy fueled by commodities trade with China and decades of stable government have made many Brazilians more prosperous. New youth movements have sprung from Sao Paulo’s gritty urban mix. Read more … [ Source : Los Angeles Times ]

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