On a Saturday morning in May 2013, a sign indicating a public work was installed on Padre Belchior Street, in central Belo Horizonte. According to the sign, in just a couple of days the busy street would become a construction site in which the main goal would be to undo four asphalted lanes and bring back instead the late Leitão stream – an urban stream which four decades ago was channeled and covered with concrete, giving place to a roadway. Three days later, the sign was no longer in place and the Federal Police had began to investigate the authors of the "fictitious project" for improper use of government logos. This article recovers this story in order to discuss the relationship between the proccesses that mark how cities are constructed, public participation and urban interventions.
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