How the notion of sustainability could be included in Urban Planning and Project, especially concerning suburban areas? This article searches to contribute to this discussion based on the investigation of urban situations in the centralities of the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, confronting them with the inadequacy of instruments and tools included in regulation and plans of the Urban Public Policies. It identifies the impacts of historical processes and singular urban dynamics in the suburban areas. The paper also faces a technocratic vision of Urban Planning and an inappropriate traditional urban legislation that prioritizes efficiency in the metropolitan scale, emphasizing economic productivity instead of local problems attached to this portion of the Metropolis of Rio.
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