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Many thousands of Rio residents packed the beaches of South Zone last Wednesday November 20, Black Awareness Day and a public holiday in Rio state. However, some sunbathers who squeezed onto the sand to enjoy the scorching temperatures were victims of a series of robberies as opportunistic thieves took advantage of the dense holiday crowds. Municipal guards armed with batons confronted and apprehended several youngsters, and the military police made 12 arrests.
For the original by Artur Voltolini in Portuguese for Observatório de Favelas click here.
Although 77% of Rio’s cultural facilities are concentrated in the South Zone, half of the city’s inhabitants live in the West Zone.
According to figures from City Hall, the city of Rio de Janeiro today has 499 cultural facilities (theaters, cinemas, libraries, museums, cultural centers, cultural points and reading points). Only 11.5% of these are in the West Zone of the city, which is currently home to nearly half of Rio’s population. The ungoverned expansion of the area, highly criticized by architects and urban planners, led a large part of the More >
For original article by Fabio Brisolla in Folha de São Paulo, click here.
Nine out of ten residents of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, under the age of 30, access the World Wide Web. The majority access the Internet on a computer from home and prioritize social media, such as Facebook, when online.
The above statements resulted from research conducted with residents between 15 and 29 years of age, from five different low income areas of Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha (South Zone), City of God (West Zone), Manguinhos (North Zone), Complexo do Alemão and More >
For original article in Folha de São Paulo in Portuguese click here.
According to research conducted by the project “Solos Culturais” (Cultural Grounds), the use of computers in favela residences has surpassed Internet access from ‘Lanhouses’ (as cybercafés are known in Brazil) – the traditional meeting point of Internet users in low income areas.
Business owner Alexandre Ferreira, 43 years old, had already noticed the change in habit.
“I founded one of the first cybercafes in Rocinha, but closed shop because demand slowed dramatically,” says Ferreira, who closed his business in 2010. With the More >