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Jardins



It is a combination of a number of neighborhoods such as Jardim Europa, Jardim Paulista, and Jardim America that extend southwest in a regular grid pattern (mostly) from the towers and offices of the Avenida Paulista. Built after the Avenida Paulista developed at the end of the 19th century, these neighborhoods were carefully planned according to the principles of the British Garden City movement. In Jardim Paulista the lots were built with laneways for cars, and apartment buildings were not allowed. Jardim America was even more exclusive; lots were not to be subdivided, and row houses and apartment buildings were not allowed. Some of these regulations have fallen by the wayside. Jardim Europa is still home to mostly villas and mansions, but the Rua Augusta, which runs through the heart of the Jardins, now boasts many hotels and some of the best restaurants in the city. Where Rua Augusta meets Rua Oscar Freire is now the prime shopping area in São Paulo.



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