Archive for December, 2010
The backhoe had already worked its way well into Vila Harmonia by the time we arrived, chewing through brick and concrete like it was chalk. There was about the community an air of surreal slowness, with the police, municipal guard, demolition crew and bulldozer sitting in the sun, while only the backhoe worked.
Harmonia is a tiny community at the end of Recreio dos Bandeirantes in the west zone. Squeezed in between an embankment, a field and a canal, it is anchored at one end by the compound of an extended family, who form the heart of the community and minister More >
Within the past week, the Olympic plan for the city of Rio de Janeiro has revealed a strong ambiguity in the quality of large urban development projects. Investments in public infrastructure, transport and sporting facilities arrive at the same pace as regrettable episodes of basic human rights violations and disrespect for the human condition.
In the West Zone of Rio, since December 15th, horror and tension have characterized the experience of countless families. Reports received from residents, on-lookers and the Public Defenders of Rio de Janeiro detail the abuse of power and state of exception which has been established along the More >
Vila das Torres (Towers Village) is a community of about a thousand homes and small businesses in Madureira, a neighborhood in Rio’s north zone. The community stretches down one street, Rua Dr. Cincinato Lopes (though this street name is no longer used), that runs just along the train tracks and connects the streets Rua Soares Caldeira and Rua Bernardino de Andrade. The single row of houses face the train tracks and thus create a sheltered, shaded area for the community. Large, lush, well-kept fields and gardens stretch behind Vila das Torres and separate the community from downtown Madureira.
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Rio de Janeiro – In a quick and decisive military sweep, Brazilian security forces seized control of this city’s most notorious slum on Sunday, claiming victory in a weeklong battle against drug gangs that has claimed dozens of lives. – The New York Times
In late November, following a wave of attacks from Rio’s drug gangs, in which over one hundred vehicles were set on fire across the city, Rio police entered Vila Cruzeiro, where it was thought the ones responsible for the attacks were hiding. The reasoning behind the wave of street violence that triggered the action was unclear, but City and More >