Anna Petrone

Anna Petrone is a transportation engineering masters student at the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor in Math and Economics. Her interests lie in transportation projects located in developing countries, particularly in South America. She took a course in Portuguese in the summer of 2014 in preparation for a trip to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. She is now very excited to have the opportunity to practice and improve her reading skills with The Grid, and to obtain and share local Brazilian stories about environmental design.

Historic Preservation Projects Given Green Light in Downtown Manaus, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

The revitalization project of Tenreiro Aranha Square and of the area surrounding the Adolpho Lisboa Market in Manaus was presented on the morning of August 11th by the Director-President of the Municipal Urban Planning... Read article

Traffic Accidents Fall in São Paulo, Brazil After Speed Limit Reduction

by Anna Petrone

Data released by the Traffic Engineering Company (CET), notes a fall in the rate of accidents after the reduction of speed limits to 40 km/h (25 mph) on many roads. According to the data, there was a 71% reduction in ... Read article

Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil Invests in Neighborhood Improvements for Manguinhos

by Anna Petrone

Beginning in August, the communities of Manguinhos in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will obtain several new improvements, offering the people a better quality of life. Via Binário, a new street, will serve t... Read article

Are Bus & Bike Lanes Stealing Space from Motorists in São Paulo, Brazil?

by Anna Petrone

The article from Sunday July 19th in the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo,” entitled “Haddad’s leadership takes 716 km (about 445 miles) of lanes from cars,” shows a data series that gives the impression that the leade... Read article

Brazil’s President Rousseff Announces Major Logistics Infrastructure Investment Plan

by Anna Petrone

The new stage of the Logistics Investment Program (PIL), launched on June 9, 2015 by the Brazilian government, provides concessions for sixteen stretches of highway and six railways, totaling R$ 152.5 billion in these ... Read article

Government Responds to Displaced as Flooding Worsens in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

Despite the rain intensity decreasing, municipalities in the Western Frontier [of Rio Grande do Sul state] remain on alert due to the flooding of the Uruguay River. In São Borja, the water level was 11 meters above n... Read article

How is the City of Fortaleza, Brazil Doubling the Size of Its Bike Share Program?

by Anna Petrone

Through the Secretary of Conservation and Public Services (SCSP), the city of Fortaleza, Brazil will install over 40 bike stations for Fortaleza’s bike sharing program, “Bicicletar.” The announcement was made on Thur... Read article

City Council of São Paulo, Brazil Approves Opening of the Minhocão Expressway and Avenida Paulista to Pedestrians and Cyclists

by Anna Petrone

On July 1st, the City Council approved a motion to support the opening of Avenida Paulista and the elevated Costa and Silva expressway - called the Minhocão by locals (literally “giant worm”) -- to pedestrians and cy... Read article

Prisoners in Uberlândia, Brazil Gain Skills in Food and Clothing Production

by Anna Petrone

A nursery with the capacity for producing about 400 cases of vegetables monthly, in addition to medical and aromatic plants, rainwater harvesting, and the sprouting of hundreds of seedlings. This is part of the scene... Read article

São Paulo, Brazil’s City Squares to be Managed through Citizen Participation

by Anna Petrone

Management of public squares in São Paulo, Brazil will now be held in a shared manner, involving not only the role of the government, but also the participation of the citizens for the use, implementation, revitaliza... Read article

Businesses Partner for Florianópolis, Brazil's Island-wide Composting Movement

by Anna Petrone

Both of rural origins and in love with the island, Celina Beltrame, 65, and Maria Helena Spindler, 62, live at opposite points of the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, but have many other things in common. One of thes... Read article

All Forms of Transportation Prioritized over Pedestrians in Fortaleza, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

Fortaleza is the fifth most populous city in Brazil and the ninth largest urban area, with 2.5 million people and 193.4 million square kilometers, respectively. The capital of the northeastern state of Ceará, it stan... Read article

São Paulo, Brazil Celebrates Grand Opening of Avenida Paulista's Ciclovia

by Anna Petrone

The Avenida Paulista Ciclovia opened on Sunday, June 28th with a ceremony attended by São Paulo's Mayor Fernando Haddad and the Municipal Secretary of Transportation, Jilmar Tatto. From 10 AM to 5 PM, the street was ... Read article