The story

The Names of Streets

The Names of Streets


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Streets of yesterday and streets of today

The spaces that humans build also tell stories. Who was born and lived all the life in the same street can notice the changes that happened in this time interval. You can also see if some buildings, lighting, or street pavement have been modified. The same can happen on streets, squares or avenues where you pass often.

Until about 100 years ago, the streets were unpaved, and only those considered most important had cobblestones.

In some places the streets were lined with stone. In others, it was common to use rolled pebbles (rounded stones). The choice of paving depends on the material available nearby.

The name of the streets

In Brazil, there are streets, squares, avenues, broads, tunnels and bridges that are named after personalities of the political, religious, scientific and artistic scene, such as Getúlio Vargas, José de Anchieta, Father Feijó, Santos Dumont, Castro Alves, Elis Regina.

There are also street names that are linked to historical dates such as September 7th, November 15th, May 13th and names of events or facts such as Republic Square, Abolition Street, Constitution Hill etc.

Many of these names are repeated in various cities in Brazil, as they honor people, events or dates important to the country's history. Other names, linked to local characters and events, exist only in some neighborhoods, some cities or some municipalities.

The history of the neighborhoods

Neighborhood is each of the parts in which the city is divided. There are crowded neighborhoods, neighborhoods that are called the outskirts, bustling neighborhoods like downtown and quiet neighborhoods where there are only dwellings.

Neighborhoods also have history. As when they were formed, the changes they underwent, the facts that happened there, the people who participated in their construction, those who live today, these are all part of the history of the neighborhoods.