For the original in Portuguese in Observatório de Favelas click here.
The notorious transport system in Rio de Janeiro continues to worsen. In the last two weeks, two trains on the Supervia suburban railway broke down, causing many inconveniences to passengers. Some, upset by delays, caused damage to a station and even set fire to some of the train’s wagons. On Rio’s subway, beyond the limited coverage which fails to integrate the different areas of the city, the 640,000 daily passengers must cope with the historical problem of overcrowding and occasional breakdowns, like those that occurred at the end of August.
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The injunction that froze the Morar Carioca construction projects in Providência (the site of an intense battle over forced evictions on the site of Rio’s first, and most historic, favela) was contested by the Mayor’s office of Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of this year. The city appealed to a higher court to overturn the injunction and resume its projects, including evictions in the community.
On August 28th, the 6th Civil Chamber considered the appeals that froze Morar Carioca works in Providência:
Case number 0001542-97.2013.8.19.0000: The plaintiff is the municipality of Rio de Janeiro; the respondent is the Public Defender’s Office of the More >
Quilombo das Guerreiras Ensures Partial Victory As Repossession for Trump Towers Project is Suspended for 120 Days
For the original in Portuguese on Pela Moradia click here.
It was yet another mobilization that secured at least temporary victory and relief for the families of the Quilombo das Guerreiras (Women Warriors’ Quilombo) Occupation. Residents, adults, children, senior citizens, and supporters alike were all present in Rio de Janeiro’s Court of Justice on September 18 for the hearing that could have ended in their immediate eviction. But the grassroots organization maintained during the nearly seven years of Quilombo das Guerreiras’ existence secured Judge Maria Lucia Obino Niederauer’s decision to dismiss the case and suspend the possibility of repossession for at least More >
On August 7, 2013, Catalytic Communities‘ Executive Director and urban planner, Theresa Williamson, gave a presentation on land tenure and urban planning in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas as part of a Casa Fluminense event. Here translated is her presentation, looking in depth at favela qualities and the possibilities to preserve them and ensure the sustainable, self-determined development of these communities both in a global context and a local climate of evictions and gentrification.
Contrary to popular belief, we can be well impressed and inspired by a great deal of what we see when visiting favelas in Rio. Numerous community projects exist in which More >
For the original by Mariana Alvim in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Fewer motorized vehicles, proximity to points of interest, and a sense of community: these are some of the features that would make favelas good places to use bicycles in the city. On the other hand, the steepness of the hills, the narrow streets, and the lack of pavement impose difficulties both for residents and for any urban policy that proposes to restructure communities for this type of transport. Even with the lack of bike paths and bike racks, favela residents opt for these two-wheelers as a simple and inexpensive means More >