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.

“Pedestrian, I Care!” Campaign Reduces Deaths by 40% in Campo Grande, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

The use of crosswalks and the work done with motorist transit education have been important factors in the decrease of pedestrian deaths on the streets of Campo Grande, Brazil. This finding comes from “Pedestrian, I ... Read article

New Bill Places Public Open Spaces at Risk of Development in São Paulo, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

The environmental working group of the Our São Paulo Network and the Institute of Health and Sustainability have released a manifesto in defense of green urban spaces. The document critiques certain articles of the c... Read article

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Pa... Read article

Residents Debate Uses or Demolition of São Paulo, Brazil's Minhocão Expressway

by Anna Petrone

The elevated Costa and Silva highway, popularly called the Minhocão (literally the “giant worm”), has come back into discussion in the Municipal House of São Paulo. On May 28th they discussed the closing of the highw... Read article

"Flower Factory" Tours Begin at the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

Located in the Guabirotuba neighborhood, the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil received the first group of residents interested in learning about the production process of the flowers that decorate their local par... Read article

Opening This Year, Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Will Be Fourth Largest in the World

by Anna Petrone

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River, in the state of Pará, Brazil, is now 77% complete. In November 2015, it will begin minimal operations, at just 3% of its total capacity. The unit’s major machines ... Read article

Teto Uses Catarse to Crowdsource Funding for Emergency Housing in Salvador, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

In 2008, residents united to found the community of Vila Esperança where over one thousand families live today. Located in the district of Pau da Lima, in Salvador Brazil, the hilly region divides the residents betwe... Read article

Businesses Close as Rio Negro River in Manaus, Brazil Exceeds Emergency Level

by Anna Petrone

In Manaus, Brazil, on May 19th, the level of the Rio Negro exceeded the minimum emergency quota of 28.94 meters (94.95 feet) with a level of 28.97 meters (95.05 feet). The volume of the water, aided by recent heavy r... Read article

Rio de Janeiro State to Build Fully Green Education Center Using Shipping Containers

by Anna Petrone

The marshland in Rio de Janeiro State is about to have a new building constructed and certified by the Green Building Council Brazil. The structure, designed by an NGO called Onda Viva, will house the Center for Ecol... Read article

Urban Agriculture to Take the Place of Vacant Lots in Curitiba, Brazil's Central Region

by Anna Petrone

From May 7th to the 9th, architects from Estúdio 41 and alumni from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) gathered in the institution’s historic building to present solutions for transforming empty spaces of Curiti... Read article

Wage Bargaining Bus Drivers Shut Down All Bus Terminals in São Paulo, Brazil

by Anna Petrone

Drivers and fare collectors in the capital city locked arms and closed all 29 bus terminals administered by São Paulo Transporte (SPTrans) on the morning of Tuesday, May 12th. The workers are insisting on a salary in... Read article

New App in São Paulo, Brazil Encourages Citizens to Suggest Bills to Government

by Anna Petrone

Legislando (“Legislating”) is an application that lets citizens make suggestions for bills, as well as support and follow other collaborative proposals, and see them through approval by the Municipal House and Legisl... Read article

Garuva, Brazil's Mayor Launches Essential - and Free - Transportation Service

by Anna Petrone

While most medium and large cities are having heated debates over tariffs, the municipality of northern Santa Catarina has created a completely public model. It’s so public that it seems informal. And it's free. T... Read article