Curitiba sports one of the few high Brazilian Human Development Index readings at 0.856, and in 2010 was awarded the Global Sustainable City Award, given to cities and municipalities that excel in sustainable urban development.The Portuguese, who founded a settlement on the site in 1693, named it "Vila da Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais" (Village of "Our Lady of the Light" of the Pines). Curitiba officially became a town in 1812, spelling its name as "Curityba." An alternative spelling was "Coritiba." This was used in press and state documents.These campsites would be dismantled when the cold season gave way to spring.
For an idealistic young architect like Lerner, retaining the mayor's office was particularly precarious.
Those holding the reins of power at the time were under the mistaken impression that Lerner's youth would make him easy to control.
Jaime Lerner is perhaps Curitiba's best-known mayor.
He has been mayor three times, the first time in the early 1970s.
The owners (known as "Maté Barons") built mansions in the capital.