The 20th century growth of Brazil occurred in the big urban centers.
Brazil´s biggest cities continue to grow in the current century, but a new player emerged: Medium-sized towns, those with a population of between 250,000 and more than a million inhabitants, are currently the cities with the highest growth rates, while still maintaining good indexes of human development and quality of life.
These new dynamic centers pose immense opportunities for sustainable investments, as their development is still manageable at this stage of growth. More can be done with lower implementation costs, if intervention is planned and the urban demands are anticipated.
And the right time is now. If the medium-sized cities manage to attract investment and engage in adequate urban planning processes to build sustainable mobility, energy and sanitation systems, twenty years from now Brazil´s urban centers will be much more livable places.