In Recife, 120 public squares have been adopted by private initiatives. Now, imagine if this practice of conserving collective spaces extended itself to sidewalks? The idea, without a doubt, would have the people’s support. And the model isn’t so far from being incorporated. The Maurício de Nassau College asked the Recife government to be able to adopt sidewalks in areas along the borders of their institution on Rua Joaquim Nabuco, in Derby, for example. One of the sidewalks is in front of the college, where there is a bus stop. The Secretary of Mobility and Urban Control of Recife didn’t just authorize it as they showed themselves available for other initiatives of this type. The only condition is that building standards are met. The city intends to launch a booklet about how to build and maintain the city’s walkways in the first trimester of the year.
In 2005, the São Paulo government signed a decree incentivizing the adoption of sidewalks in exchange for public announcements, in the same manner as the public squares, but did not succeed in attracting the private sector. One of the large niches for companies is in understanding this new vision towards a shift in the day-to-day of the city and in seeing the pedestrian as a priority. The adoption of sidewalks is a way of adding value to the brand. And who understands this the best are the pedestrians themselves.
“I think it’s a wonderful iniciative and I hope it comes to other places in the city”, revealed a housewife. Leda Alves, 50 years old. “This project could be expanded when City Hall adds to the public square adoption law the possibility of including sidewalks via the private sector”, said Sérgio Murilo, coordinator of the Educational Being Institute at the Maurício de Nassau College.
The incentive for adopting sidewalks doesn’t exclude the city’s responsibility. “The adoption is a good proposal but it can be used for maintenance too. The city can, for example, rebuild a sidewalk and a company can be responsible for its maintenance. There’s a lot of ways of thinking about the improvement of walkways”, exclaimed the secretary of Mobility, João Braga. “Each government should care for a section and within 10 to 15 years, who knows, we could have a better city to walk in”, he affirmed. – DP