This paper specifically describes the urbanization experience of
Brazil, by far the largest country in Latin America, and which has
attained levels of urbanization that surpass those of most European
countries. Despite historical differences in timing and context, the
trajectory of urbanization in Brazil holds many parallels and key
lessons for other countries that are currently undergoing rapid urban
growth. Reflections based on this narrative, including both the account
of failed policies of the past and the innovative but partly proven
policies of the present, could help policymakers in countries facing
similar challenges deal more successfully with their own urban