Last week, citizens packed the Clube dos Portugueses in West Zone neighborhood Taquara for the public meeting presenting the TransOlímpica highway and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project which will connect Barra da Tijuca and the Olympic Park with other West Zone neighborhood Deodoro where other Olympic events will take place. The R$1.5 billion project will run 26km through nine neighborhoods. Under current plans, the TransOlímpica will run through the community of Vila Autódromo, where residents have been resisting eviction under different premises for twenty years.
“I just want to be happy, walk with tranquility in the favela where I was born. And be proud and have the awareness that a poor person has his place… My dear authorities, I don’t know what to do anymore. With so much violence I am afraid to live. Because I live in the favela I am disrespected. Sadness and joy walk hand-in-hand… While the rich live in a beautiful house, the poor are humiliated and demoralized in the favela… All I ask of the authorities is a bit more competence.”
(Rap da Felicidade by Cidinho)
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Click here for original article, in Portuguese, by Silvana Bahia* for BBC Brasil.
The Morro da Providência community, between the Port Region and Central Station, holds an important place in the history of Rio de Janeiro. The city’s oldest favela, it was settled in 1897 by soldiers returning from the War of Canudos.
The community, which will celebrate its 115th anniversary on November 15th, is going through one of the saddest periods in its history as the city evicts many residents from their homes. The sadness affects even those who will not suffer More >
Connecting Barra da Tijuca and the Olympic Park with the International Airport, the Transcarioca highway and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route is the most visible transport infrastructure work the city of Rio is undertaking in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Officials estimate that the 39km expressway and its 45 bus stations will serve 400,000 passengers per day and cut journey time between Barra and the airport by 60%. However, of the three BRT transport projects under construction – the others being the TransOeste linking far West Zone More >
Click here for the original article, in Portuguese
The incomes of middle class (“Class C”) blacks and northeasterners have grown at twice the national average. Women in this group saw their incomes rise by 76%, and men’s incomes rose by 47%. 77% of men in Class C are sure their wives are hiding money.
In the last ten years the incomes of blacks and northeasterners grew at twice the average rate for Class C, according to data from the study “Voices of Brazil” and from Data Popular. Between 2002 and 2012, the general growth rate for More >