Nova Detroit SJC, Brazil

In the industrial and technological city of São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, Brazil, there is a neighborhood called Jardim Nova Detroit. Like the ‘old’ Detroit, Nova Detroit is inhabited by industrial workers of the General Motors plant nextdoor.

The difference is, even with the late automobile crisis, that ‘old’ Detroit has been in  a phase of abandonment for decades, while the new Detroit is still growing. What happens when GM also starts cutting jobs in Brazil, no one knows, but São José dos Campos seems to have plenty of alternatives to the automobile industry.