Until the early 20th century, Luz wore its name—“Light”—well: It was one of São Paulo’s more resplendent neighborhoods, with handsome buildings surrounding a bucolic park. In subsequent decades, it fell into disrepute and disrepair, with areas given over to prostitution and drugs. However, in the last decade, there has been a successful effort to revitalize the area.
After dark, Luz is still quite sketchy and not a place to go wandering around, but during the day its growing roster of topnotch museums, many housed in renovated historical buildings, have given a new shine to the bairro. All attractions in the area are easily reached by taking the Metrô to Luz station.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition