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LONDRINA is a city in Paraná state, southern Brazil. The city was founded by the British in 1929 (incorporation/emancipation 1934), in the middle of the Tropical Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) and that's why the name (Londrina means "Londoner" in Portuguese).

Despite the British beggining, today the city is mainly Italian, with big German, Portuguese, Spaniard and Arab communities. But the Japanese are special: they are 25,000 in the city, which makes Londrina one of the biggest Japanese cities in the world outside Japan, along with São Paulo (the biggest), New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. There are also smaller Dutch, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese, Argentinian, British and Jewish communities as well.

The agrobusiness has an important role in the city's economy. Paraná state, despite comprising only 2% of Brazilian area, produces 25% of the food.

Some quick facts:

Population (2009):
Municipality: 510,707
Metro Area: 1,213,601

Area:
Municipality: 1,650 km²
Metro Area: 12,651 km²

GDP nominal (2007):
Municipality: US$ 4,490,172,000.00
Metro Area: US$ 9,117,008,000.00

Elevation: 615 m

Climate:
Year
Max.avg.: 27.3°C
Min.avg.: 16.0°C
Precipitation: 1,588 mm

January
Max.avg.: 29.6°C
Min.avg.: 19.6°C
Precipitation: 211.4 mm

July
Max.avg.: 22.5°C
Min.avg.: 11.5°C
Precipitation: 65.0 mm

Ethnic Composition (2000 Census):
White: 74.2% (mainly Italian, but also, Portuguese, German and Spaniard)
Mixed: 18.4% (Mixed White, Amerindian and Black)
Asian: 3.5% (Japanese)
Black: 3.4%

HDI (2006): 0.857 (Brazil: 0.807)

Londrina's place in the world:
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That's the Londrina Central Quadrilateral (about 3km E-W to 2km N-S). That was the designed approved in London for Londrina in 1929:
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This thread is a collection of all my Londrina's pics (all taken by cell phone, so low resolution). As there are more than 700 photos, I count on you to help me turn the page. :)

First I will show the west section of Downtown. That's the place I live in.


Downtown, August 2010:

Belo Horizonte and Santos streets, the heart of west section of Downtown. This area comprises over 40 blocks:

Belo Horizonte Street

Goiás Street, Belo Horizonte Street's building on the back:
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Goiás and Belo Horizonte's corner:
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Belo Horizonte:
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Pará Street, between Belo Horizonte and Higienópolis Avenue:
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Belo Horizonte with Pará Street:
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Belo Horizonte again:
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Belo Horizonte with Piauí Street:
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Gilka Boutique and Higienópolis Avenue's buildings on the back:
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Some shops on the corner of Belo Horizonte and Pio XII streets:
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Pio XII Street, looking towards Higienópolis Avenue:
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Higienópolis Avenue buildings:
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An antiquarium:
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Pio XII Street, looking the opposite side, towards Belo Horizonte and Santos streets:
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A mixed-use building, with a supermarket on the 1st floor, a small shopping mall on th 2nd floor and 17 residential floors:
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Out of the way. Taken last year, on the corner of Belo Horizonte and Alagoas streets, about 6 blocks south:
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Piauí Street, as seen from the Santos, and the Belo Horizonte Street's buildings on the back:
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Pará Street:
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And now more of the west section of Downtown and also part of the south section. Both are mainly residential. I'll show the "real" Downtown on the next pages:

West section of Downtown, Espírito Santo and Belo Horizonte street's corner:
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Belo Horizonte Street:
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Belo Horizonte and Alagoas street's corner:
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Alagoas Street:
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And now the south section of Downtown:
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If it's not clear, I like this building:
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Alagoas Street again:
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Espírito Santo Street:
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Hugo Cabral Street:
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As seen from Goiás Street:
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Pernambuco Street, with the Hugo Cabral Street's skyline (intruder, taken on May 2010). It's a typical Londrina's view: highrises and wooden houses.
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Do you think I like this one?
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Downtown's skyline (the "real" Downtown) as seen from Pará Street:
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130 and 131 are also intruders, taken on June 2009:
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Hugo Cabral Street buildings as seen from Pará Street:
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Pará Street, heading west:
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Higienópolis Avenue, the border between the "real" Downtown and its west section:
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Pará Street, back to the west section:
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This block (Goiás, Belo Horizonte, Espírito Santo and Santos streets) is quite dense, 10 highrises:
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Beracá Home, on the Belo Horizonte Street. It's very small apartments (25 m²), but very expensive. It has a quite interesting atrium:
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Pará Street's skyline, as seen from Goiás Street:
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Goiás, Pará, Piauí, Pio XII streets' skyline:
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--- INDEX ---
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Page 1 --- Downtown

Page 2 --- Gleba Palhano

Page 3 --- Downtown and Água Fresca Valley

Page 4 --- Zerão and Lake Igapó I

Page 5 --- West Borough and Higienópolis Avenue

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^^
Thank you guys for the comments!

It's refreshing to see the christos' interest on the cities all around the world. That's the SSC spirit!

When (or if) the page turns, I'll post the rest of the pictures, showing different parts of Londrina.
 

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It doesn't look so little.
Ikops, it's not little indeed.

The name "Londrina" means in Portuguese "a female born in London" or "the name of London's daughters" according to João Sampaio (who gives the name), as a tribute to the British origins of the city and the all region (look the quote in the beggining of the thread).

"Little London" (Pequena Londres in Portuguese) is only one of the Londrina's nicknames.



cool pics never even heard of the place before - nice to see something new
spongeg, Londrina is a middle-sized Brazilian city (the 25th largest metro area), not a state capital (something very important in Brazil), so it's not qell-known outside Brazil. I like to see different cities from different places around the world as well.



Nice photos :) :)
Thank you, Karabuy. I'm glad you liked it. It's a shame the low resolution, but the idea is to introduce Londrina, the way I see her.
 

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^^ No problem about the photos, thank you for sharing them. :cheers:
The buildings photos #109, 120 and 133 are remarkable. I like the density of Londrina and the view #147 is very cool.
 

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^^ No problem about the photos, thank you for sharing them. :cheers:
The buildings photos #109, 120 and 133 are remarkable. I like the density of Londrina and the view #147 is very cool.
Thank you, charpentier! There is no need to say I like these buildings as well. And the 147 is also one of my favourites. I shouldn't be so cheap and buy some decent camera.


I want to see more :D
I'm counting on you to help me turn the page. :)
 
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