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Private mailmen are mapping Brazil's slums by hand because Google Maps can't

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.... a group of enterprising friends recently decided to tackle the problem starting in Brazil's largest favela, Rocinha, using good old pen and paper. As Vice Motherboard explains in an article reported from Rocinha, a former bodysurfer turned census worker named Carlos Pedro, together with two of his fellow workers, launched a new private subscription mail delivery service called Friendly Mailman. The startup company was born after Pedro and his cofounders laboriously walked the streets of Rocinha and cataloged the structures that they passed in a paper notebook, using their own custom analog algorithm to assign addresses and differentiate between types of buildings. Their mail service has taken off, expanding to eight favelas in the Rio de Janeiro area. It accepts mail directly from the post office and then distributes it to participating households at a cost of $6.64 USD per month....

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