For the original by Sarah Monteiro in Portuguese in Jornal Extra click here.
Basic sanitation, garbage collection, education and health are considered the basics for survival in any place. In Rocinha, however, residents say these are being overlooked for something that shouldn’t be a priority: the cable car. Architect Luiz Carlos Toledo, responsible for Rocinha’s Plano Diretor (master plan), approved in 2007, agrees. The equipment wasn’t antipicated in the initial project, which was prepared with the assistance of the community, and according to Toledo, it will not bring any great benefit to the community: “The proposed transportation, besides being more expensive as a More >
One of the most important requirements for the development of an active lifestyle is access to suitable sites for physical activity. Therefore, it is to be expected that the city of Rio de Janeiro, host of the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, presents appropriate infrastructure that can encourage the adoption and maintenance of the habit of exercising. However, this was not exactly what Prof. MSc. Marcelo C. Vieira, from the Rio de Janeiro State Institute of Cardiology, found when visiting 38 public places in 26 neighborhoods across the city, as part of his postgraduate research on Healthy and Sustainable Spaces More >
Last month in Providência Favela Não Se Cala organized a gathering of over fifty people that included residents of favelas from across the city, public defenders, law students, activists and social workers. Photographers and videographers flitted about the discussion circle, including the crew of Dominio Público, the investigative project currently being filmed about the privatization of Rio. Favela residents shared their experiences of state policy toward their communities and efforts to counter some of those policies, namely the displacement of thousands of families to public housing with low transparency and public works that often harm residents more than they benefit them.
View original in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
After announcing the “Estação Patrocinada” (“Sponsored Station”) project, Metrô Rio, the management company for Rio de Janeiro’s metro system, has gone back on its plans to sell the names of the city’s metro stations, which would have been associated with the names of private companies. On May 16, Rio State Governor Sérgio Cabral vetoed the proposal, which according to the press, had been devised by (Brazilian billionaire) Eike Batista’s company IMX. Metrô Rio’s website has already removed all content related to the project.
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For the original in French by Jane Zhang on Greenetvert click here.
As the world’s governments gathered to discuss sustainable development at the Rio+20 conference last year, vast heavy metal pollution from a steel plant wreaked havoc on residents and the ecosystem of Santa Cruz, located just a few kilometers from the conference in Rio’s West Zone. The company responsible, the German group Thyssenkrup, now refuses to pay its fines and will benefit from compensation for its efforts towards “sustainable development.”