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For the original by Mariana Alvim in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Fewer motorized vehicles, proximity to points of interest, and a sense of community: these are some of the features that would make favelas good places to use bicycles in the city. On the other hand, the steepness of the hills, the narrow streets, and the lack of pavement impose difficulties both for residents and for any urban policy that proposes to restructure communities for this type of transport. Even with the lack of bike paths and bike racks, favela residents opt for these two-wheelers as a simple and inexpensive means More >
For the past five years, Irenaldo Honório da Silva, president of the Pica-Pau Residents’ Association, has helped to organize his community in Rio’s North Zone for a day of entertainment in partnership with social and municipal services. The event, held on Saturday May 25th, began as an initiative to strengthen collective action and local culture, combining a celebration of Worker´s Day and Mother´s Day. Since partnering with the local church, the event has become a tri-annual feature of life for the residents of Pica-Pau and has increased recognition of the community by local authorities.
Families mingling around the music stage, children rummaging More >
For original article in Portuguese in Carta Capital click here.
Brazil currently has 12 million people living in favelas. They are responsible for generating R$38.6 billion per year in commercial activity, which is equivalent, for example, to the GDP of Bolivia. If they were a state, they would form the fifth most populous Brazilian state; Rio de Janeiro’s favelas alone would comprise, together, the ninth largest city in the country.
The figures, released on Wednesday February 20th, are the result of DataFavela, a study conducted by the Data Popular institute in partnership with Celso Athayde, former head of the Central Única de Favelas More >