Archive for January, 2011
This is part 2 of a two-part article about Vila das Torres, a farmers’ community in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. To read part 1, click here
Crossing a small river, and heading into the vast fields behind Vila das Torres, we met Seu Albino, with hedge clippers in hand, wiping sweat and dirt off his forehead. He had arrived in Vila das Torres from Portugal on September 14, 1956, yet I struggled to understand him as he still maintains a thick Portuguese accent.
His situation with city government involves not only the seizure of his house but also of his More >
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The communities of Restinga, Vila Harmonia and Recreio 2, in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro saw themselves the target of relentless municipal government action towards the end of 2010, as City Hall staffers, police and demolition crews paid frequent and long visits.
Residents are being asked to leave the area to allow for the widening of the main road Avenida das Américas, which will accomomdate BRT lanes for the Olympic Games in 2016.
The matter is riddled by legal complications. The government’s policy has been to compensate residents for the loss of their homes through cash compensation or relocation to More >