Posts tagged Growth Acceleration Program (PAC)
This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights.
Last Saturday October 12, the first #OcupaSARAU event was held, along with a Children’s Day party in Morro dos Mineiros, organized by the OccupyALEMÃO collective. The idea of the Sarau, or evening event, was to commemorate Children’s Day by remembering the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, created in November 1959 and ratified as the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 by representatives from 140 countries, highlighting the principle that states that all children have the right More >
For the original by Cláudia Freitas in Portuguese for Jornal do Brasil click here.Residents of both communities are against the construction and want continuity of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) works
Star of an international soap opera and a new tourist point in Rio de Janeiro, the cable car joining the favelas of Complexo do Alemão, in the North Zone of the city, was designated as the ‘flagship’ for improvements promised by the state government to the pacified community, as part of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) and received some R$210 million in investment by both federal and state government. Two years after its inauguration on More >
Vila Laboriaux, with its dramatic view of beach on one side, lagoon on the other, is situated at the peak of Rocinha, Rio’s largest single favela. The community, between tranquil forest and the hustle and bustle of the Estrada da Gávea, is joining an increasing number of communities using self-help planning to tackle issues on their own terms. On Sunday August 4th, around 100 residents gathered on the local football pitch to begin drafting a document to outline both the potentials and challenges of their community. Residents of this neighborhood have been fighting the threat of evictions since a handful of neighbors suffered a landslide More >
For the original in Portuguese on Canal iBase click here.
A heated debate took place at the Engineering Club last Friday July 19 over the Rio state government’s attempt to install a cable car in Rocinha. Amongst over 120 attendees were many Rocinha residents, who were protesting against the cable car, arguing that the priority for the community is basic sanitation. In terms of mobility, the architect Luiz Carlos Toledo stated that a funicular tram, planned in Rocinha’s first urbanization plan in 2007 is not only much cheaper, but also would not drain local business, as a cable car would.
Toledo tore apart the More >
For the community of Varginha in Complexo de Manguinhos, a complex of favelas in Rio’s North Zone, the imminent visit of Pope Francis this week is a great honor. Pope Francis is in Rio for World Youth Day, his first international trip since his enthronement. Luiz Soares, 40, who has lived in Varginha since 1995, talks of how “a person who is famous and respected worldwide will walk on the same ground as we live,” comparing it to the great honor of Mother Teresa’s visit to the community in 1972.