Archive for May, 2013
As the rain started to pour on Tuesday evening, May 28th, around 80 residents from the Horto community protested at the gates of Rio’s Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens) where the opening of world famous photographer Sebastião Salgado’s latest exhibition was taking place. Undeterred by the ensuing downpour, residents and supporters banged drums and held their banners high. “To brand as invaders the people who built this park is inhuman” read one held at the entrance to the famous visitor attraction.
The community of Horto can trace its history back to the 15th century sugarcane plantation that occupied the land before it More >
For the past five years, Irenaldo Honório da Silva, president of the Pica-Pau Residents’ Association, has helped to organize his community in Rio’s North Zone for a day of entertainment in partnership with social and municipal services. The event, held on Saturday May 25th, began as an initiative to strengthen collective action and local culture, combining a celebration of Worker´s Day and Mother´s Day. Since partnering with the local church, the event has become a tri-annual feature of life for the residents of Pica-Pau and has increased recognition of the community by local authorities.
Families mingling around the music stage, children rummaging More >
For the original article by Claudia Atunes in Portuguese published in Piauí click here (subscribers only).An account of the residents’ movement in Rio de Janeiro’s first favela in an era of sporting mega-events and political fragmentation.
At Cantinho dos Servidores, a restaurant and bar with blue tiled walls and bare wooden tables, you can share a generous plate of food and still expect to pay just R$6 (US$3). It’s on Sacadura Cabral Street, a road that traces the shoreline that existed little more than a century ago, until construction on the Port of Rio de Janeiro in the Guanabara Bay would permanently More >
At around 11am on Wednesday May 15th, Maria de Conceição, 57, was taking a shower in her wood and corrugated iron home in the Bandeira 1 favela in Del Castilho, North Zone, when she heard her grandchildren screaming “fire!”
“I thought it was a game of theirs, but when I saw my granddaughter with her arms full of documents… I panicked, threw on some clothes and got out,” she recalls, standing in front of the scorched remains of the 180 affected homes. “The fire was so fast, so fast. The only thing we managed to save were our documents.”
No one knows how More >
“Of course we’re talking about much more than a sporting event,” stated Orlando Santos Junior. “We are talking about a city project, a project of urban re-structuring which deserves to be discussed by society, by all of us.” He argued that the series of interventions taking place in preparation for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics reflect a broader vision of Rio de Janeiro—one that expels the poor to the periphery of city.
Orlando, a professor at Rio de Janeiro Federal University’s (UFRJ) Urban and Regional Planning Research Institute (IPPUR), and researcher at the Observatório das Metrópoles (Metropolises Observatory), More >