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For the original by Wilson Tosta in Portuguese for O Estado de São Paulo click here.Lack of government plans allows contractors, real estate developers, and bus companies to act as they wish, say experts.
RIO–No turning back, the death of the Perimetral Highway, made official yesterday with the closing of the last operating section of the track, will change the center of Rio, along with the possibility of more traffic jams. This change occurs amidst the chaos experienced in recent years by Brazilian metropolises, which transport and urban experts attribute to the lack of public planning in the areas of urban More >
For the original in Portuguese in Observatório de Favelas click here.
The notorious transport system in Rio de Janeiro continues to worsen. In the last two weeks, two trains on the Supervia suburban railway broke down, causing many inconveniences to passengers. Some, upset by delays, caused damage to a station and even set fire to some of the train’s wagons. On Rio’s subway, beyond the limited coverage which fails to integrate the different areas of the city, the 640,000 daily passengers must cope with the historical problem of overcrowding and occasional breakdowns, like those that occurred at the end of August.
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View original in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
After announcing the “Estação Patrocinada” (“Sponsored Station”) project, Metrô Rio, the management company for Rio de Janeiro’s metro system, has gone back on its plans to sell the names of the city’s metro stations, which would have been associated with the names of private companies. On May 16, Rio State Governor Sérgio Cabral vetoed the proposal, which according to the press, had been devised by (Brazilian billionaire) Eike Batista’s company IMX. Metrô Rio’s website has already removed all content related to the project.
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The federal program’s dwellings are being constructed in peripheral areas without urban mobility, studies show. Click here for original article in Portuguese in O Globo by Alessandra Duarte and Carolina Benevides.
The federal program that became the hallmark of the Dilma government for housing, Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) is building many of their dwellings in areas without transportation infrastructure. Studies by urban planners indicate that the program reproduces the logic of older conjuntos (“housing estates”), such as Cidade de Deus and Nova Sepetiba, where the poor end up being pushed to locations far from, for example, the supply of jobs—and without a system More >
Original article from BBC-Brasil available here.
Rio’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes, has already said that the 2016 Olympics are a “wonderful excuse” to make necessary urban changes to the city. But, according to two foreign specialists, the mega-events are excessively regulating the urban changes in Rio in a distorted way: instead of having the Olympics and the World Cup help the city create a long term urban plan of, for example, 50 years, the city is altering itself to accommodate these sporting events.
In her book Planning Olympic Legacies, which came out this year, German More >