Life in the rural northeast

It isn’t easy for the residents of the Irmã Dulce housing development to get home these days. Their neighborhood, a collection of new low-rise condos that gleam against the sky, is located on the outskirts of João Pessoa, a city set on a dirt road miles from any bank or supermarket. There are no bus lines, and it’s not like most residents will be driving — seeing as they live below the poverty line. Indeed, most folks travel on foot. Which is why you might raise an eyebrow at a key Irmã Dulce amenity: a parking space for each unit.

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