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Over two years after the eviction of Favela Metrô-Mangueira, also known as Favela do Metrô, began in November 2010–to make way for what was rumored to be a car park to accompany the Maracanã stadium for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics–the brutal process continues. And residents and the public are still in the dark as to what the site will be used for.
Since the initial evictions began, the once peaceful community has been relocated in three groups, dependent mostly on their willingness and ability to resist the City government’s constant pressure. The first group of 107 families, often elderly and More >
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According to estimates by the São Paulo Civil Defense, one person died and 300 were left homeless in the fire that swept through the Moinho favela on Monday, September 17. It was the seventh favela fire in the city in the last 40 days, and the 34th this year.
On September 3, another fire destroyed nearly 40% of the Sonia Ribeiro favela – known as Piolho Hill – which occupied an area of 12,000 square meters. The Civil Defense estimated that 1,440 people lost their homes in the fire. Prosecutors at the São Paulo bureau of More >
Housing rights activists today defend the practice of on-site upgrading of informal communities—as opposed to evicting them—on the basis of historic preservation, low-quality compensation housing, residents’ location-based employment, and squatter legislation. In practice, what has caused favela upgrading to come to pass over the years in Rio de Janeiro More >
The government normally takes one of two approaches to its relationship with favelas in Rio de Janeiro: either favelas are a blight on the city and should be replaced, or they can be upgraded on-site. The first approach was popular in the 1960s, when the government began constructing conjuntos residenciais—public housing apartment complexes on government-owned land—to house favela residents displaced by eviction, natural disaster, or, as in the infamous case of Catacumba, arson. The early conjuntos often followed the Le Corbusier model of public housing: high rise residential blocks set in ostensibly green space, often in isolated locations.
This type of housing became More >