For a long time, São Paulo was more of a place to pass by than a place to stop, sit and be. But that is changing. The movement, A Batata Precisa de Você (The Potato Needs You), asks an interesting question, "Who does this city belongs to?" by taking back the public space.
Inhabitants of the region and people who embrace the cause have been gathering there to play music, talk, or whatever comes to mind! On Fridays, at the end of the day, people bring their chairs and stools and just enjoy being together.
Largo da Batata is surrounded by little bar joints and houses that play forró. It’s only a popular destination for the middle-class now, since the subway station Faria Lima is close by. But this movement allows people to just look at each other's faces, you know?
Not everyone is paulistano, Brazilian, but everyone is human. This big cement square is turning into a spot of resistance from the concealment of condos and all the other things that separate us.