Sixty concerned citizens gathered Tuesday, September 11, for a public forum organized by the Marcelo Freixo campaign, to discuss their observations and raise concerns about the future of Rio de Janeiro as we approach a critical juncture in the city’s history. The forum was a gathering of interdisciplinary professionals and academics—architects, engineers, students and professors–concerned with the city as it takes on many ambitious development projects approaching the World Cup, the Olympics, and a promising, but potentially volatile, future. Marcelo Freixo, one of Rio’s mayoral candidates, was in attendance taking notes and spoke briefly at the end.
Forced evictions in Rio’s favelas More >
“I’ve not been respected at all,” exclaimed Providência resident Neuzimar in Monday’s court hearing with the State Public Defender’s office, Public Ministry, representatives from the City government and the Providência community’s residents commission regarding the public works currently underway in the community. She relayed how she’s been threatened with eviction and surrounding houses have been demolished, cutting off water and leaving her in a precarious living situation with her elderly mother.
Located in the heart of Rio’s Port area, Providência is undergoing major works as part of a larger regeneration of the region under the Olympic infrastructure public-private initiative Porto Maravilha and the municipal More >
With Rio’s municipal elections approaching next month, a lot is at stake for the city’s crucial approaching years. These elections mean mayor and city council, but what if they meant more? Could a city like Rio benefit from participatory democracy?
With social issues, inequality, and a long history of marginalizing favela residents, it’s certainly not difficult to imagine the ways that Rio might benefit from participatory democracy and increasing transparency. However, a closer look at the system employed in my home state of California presents a range of outcomes from great successes to epic failures that should serve as both positive examples More >
“She was in an accident just recently,” said Regina Sônia Gomes Baptista, known by Sônia, ex-president of Vila União da Curicica, as we cut through her friend’s house and into her community. “The car flipped over and she was thrown right out.” Looking at the girl, it would have been hard to guess. Covered to the nose in a wool blanket, the look in her eyes gave away nothing but soft contentness and a shy, amused curiosity about More >
Quando será? (When will it be?)
The Residents’ Association of Vila Calmete sits above polluted waters that run alongside the community’s residential streets. On the other side of a short bridge, rich plantlife springs out of diverse pots of soil, framing the river through its length: a stark juxtaposition that accents both the potentials and the limits of community capacity absent public provisions. “None of this was here when I first visited Vila Calmete,” said Bezerra, president of the neighboring More >