Brazil has long had the reputation of being one of the more troubled regions throughout Latin America. Although the country still struggles with high crime and serious corruption, with a per capita murder rate exceeding 30, representing one of the most murderous nations of the world, Brazil is a greatly varied country. Regions within Brazil, such as the upper-end districts of cities like Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, are as nice as any place on Earth, featuring high-end luxury hotels, plot posh condominium buildings and some of the best shopping districts one will find anywhere on the planet.
Despite all of its problems, Brazil is most certainly on an upward trajectory as a nation. Over the last 30 years, the level of modernization throughout the country has been nothing short of astounding. And this is importantly reflected in the large number of high-end real estate developments that have been sprouting up throughout cities like Sao Paulo. Perhaps the flagship development in that city has been the Parque Cidade Jardim, a sprawling luxury development featuring nine condominium towers, four Class-A office buildings and a luxury shopping center featuring 180-stores, including Luis Vuitton, Reebok Academy and a Cinemark mega-theater.
But what may represent an even more important phenomenon than the final product of Parque Cidade Jardim itself is the process by which the development was completed. Jose Auriemo Neto, one of the most important real estate developers in the country, decided almost single-handedly to turn a blight-ridden and slum-infested piece of derelict property into one of the most grandiose developments that the country had ever seen.
The mere fact that Brazil is filled with men like Jose Auriemo Neto, who are willing to do what it takes to take the country into the 21st century as a first-world nation, is a strong suggestion that the future Brazil is in the right hands.