Telheiras, Neighborhood of Doctors
Telheiras is among the best examples of considerate urban planning. Developed in the 1970s, the design revolves around open, tree-lined streets and architecture that is both geometric and harmonious. An example of the plan's sensibility is that as schools, social facilities, parks and green spaces were developed, the parish church from the 16th century was preserved and incorporated into the design. Many young university graduates just starting promising careers were attracted to the neighborhood, establishing new families and giving it the nickname of 'neighborhood of doctors'. Safe, quiet and friendly, the area has a strong sense of community as neighbors greet each other at cafes and shops. Accessiblity is a strength for Telheiras, with broad roads leading to major highways as well as several public transit options, from the metro to buses. People animate the sidewalks, attracted to the diversity of shops meeting all one's basic needs, from grocery stores to bakeries and news agents. Services range from catering to real estate, banks and salons. One of the best known streets is Rua Professor João Barreira, referred to as the 'Street of Cafes', which pulls more people into the area on weekends and evenings. The Orlando Ribeiro Municipal Library, housed in an 18th century manor house and dedicated to travel, is worth a visit.
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