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and bureaucratic and technical problems. Popular disdain for the detrimental impact cortiços and their inhabitants may have on the character of central districts and government interests in revitalising locations of historic value clash with local pro-poor policies supporting an inclusive city and activist NGO movements defending the right of the poor to inhabit the city. Private real estate interests in centrally located properties complicate matters further. Maria Claudia da Costa Brandão, who heads up the CDHU cortiços programme, told UN-HABITAT, ‘We face Byzantine, complicated legal problems buying land, getting permission to build or planning approval or even financing’. An emblematic example of the conflicting interests in downtown housing development is the case of Luz district, described in Special Feature 8. Sources: S. Feldman, personal communication, November 2009. Fix. M., Arantes, P. & Tanaka, G. (2003). Understanding slums: Case studies for the Global Report on Human Settlements. São Paulo: UNHABITAT & Labouratorio de Assentamentos Humanos de FAU-USP University of São Paulo.

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A quadrangle of cortiços in downtown São Paulo.

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