Archive for February, 2013
For original article in Portuguese on Yahoo! click here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
At this point, it does not take writing a thesis or doctoral dissertation to identify the profound meaning of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic City project–the mega operation of real estate appreciation within the city of Rio de Janeiro. The mayor himself explained this clearly at the launch of Olympic City Monopoly, (a Rio version of the famous board game) by Estrela. In addition to (free) licensing the trademark of ‘Olympic City,’ the city government spent R$1 million for 20,000 copies of the game, More >
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013–Residents of Largo do Tanque undergo forced evictions and demolition of homes in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, to make room for the Transcarioca highway and BRT, whose final trajectory is still unknown to the public. In under 2 weeks, 54 houses were demolished and hundreds of residents left to fend for themselves. Sledgehammers and bulldozers brought homes down as neighbors who hadn’t yet settled with the authorities looked on. The City assessor sent to handle negotiations told residents not to speak with one another or seek legal advice otherwise he would reduce settlement offers. The psychological pressure was More >
For original article in Justiça Global in Portuguese click here.
2012 was a relatively calm (election) year in terms of evictions in Rio de Janeiro. But it didn’t take long for the city’s tractors to get rolling again. The reports by international human rights organizations, major world newspapers, and the UN’s recommendations against forced eviction don’t seem to have intimidated city authorities, who are using the Olympic Games to carry out any and every urban intervention, arbitrarily and without respect for the affected residents. In Largo do Tanque, in Jacarepaguá, the city began marking houses the week before Carnaval, and by February 22 More >
For original article in Portuguese in Vidiga! click here.
Victims of the greed generated by the pacification of Vidigal, the Institute Todos na Luta (All in the Fight), responsible for the training of young athletes in boxing, had to abandon the important position it has held in the community for over 20 years. Now, it is a race against time to raise funds and renovate the new space, in order to resume their activities, which have been suspended since December.
In mid 2011, everything was going fairly well for the Institute. After 20 years in the More >
For original article in Portuguese in Carta Capital click here.
Brazil currently has 12 million people living in favelas. They are responsible for generating R$38.6 billion per year in commercial activity, which is equivalent, for example, to the GDP of Bolivia. If they were a state, they would form the fifth most populous Brazilian state; Rio de Janeiro’s favelas alone would comprise, together, the ninth largest city in the country.
The figures, released on Wednesday February 20th, are the result of DataFavela, a study conducted by the Data Popular institute in partnership with Celso Athayde, former head of the Central Única de Favelas More >