In Campinas, the popular expression “take nothing to nowhere” is used in the New Taquaral neighborhood. A footbridge over a stream has a structure of impeccable iron apparently new. The foundation also impresses. But the passage, which should help pedestrians is not used by the residents, who are angry about what they call the waste of public money.
The Access is by Rua Arlindo Carpino, and the work is intriguing. To reach the walkway is necessary to face the tall grass of a land where some beams were erected for the future extension of the line of the steam locomotive – work that is halted. The beginning of the walkway is taken by scrub. When crossing the bridge, about 20 meters long, the surprise: a fence of a soccer field in the neighborhood, which can only be accessed from the opposite side, nor even the players use the structure.
“There’s no point. And look how much money was invested there,” says a local Mason who lives for 49 years at the neighborhood and followed the construction of the walkway, which is behind the residence. He said that the only people who use the site are drug users, crossing to the other side to stay hidden in the woods.
Other neighbors of the metal structure also criticize the construction of the walkway on land that is undeveloped and where even routine cleaning, such as cutting the weeds and removal of garbage, is not performed.
Most residents stated that the structure was built in 2011, amid the political scandal that led to the impeachment of the mayor Hélio de Oliveira Santos. The report got in contact with the Town Hall of Campinas but the Department of Infrastructure has not responded.