Notes on the Geography of Brazil: São Paulo: Photo 23
This is the down-to-business Edificio Alexandre Mackenzie, named for the Canadian who for decades ran the São Paulo Tramway, Light, and Power Company--the same company that put up those streetlights in front of the Santander Bank. The company in 1912 became part of Brazilian Traction, famously the biggest Canadian overseas investment and owning the Rio de Janeiro tramway company as well as the one in São Paulo. The company's Brazilian properties were sold to the government in 1978, but the company itself remained active in Canada as Brascan until 2005, when some sensible person suggested a safely bland name. Enter Brookfield Asset Management. The old São Paulo offices are now a very crowded shopping center.
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