Posts tagged North Zone
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.
In 2003, President Luiz Ignacio “Lula” da Silva launched the Bolsa Família program to promote social progress for impoverished families. This and other programs were implemented in an effort to decrease Brazil’s infamously high inequality. At the time Brazil consistently occupied the first, second or third position as the world’s most unequal country. Incorporating what were previously four distinct programs under the umbrella of the Ministry of Social Development, this social program has become renowned as one of the most successful in reducing poverty rates not only in Brazil but worldwide. Bolsa Família’s wide appraisal led to its expansion in More >
For the original by Sílvia Noronha in Portuguese in Maré de Notícias click here.
The precariousness of public services in Maré sets the tone of the functions carried out by the neighborhood associations. Generally, these institutions have the responsibility of fighting for residents’ interests, lobbying the government so the community can enjoy their rights to health, urban infrastructure, leisure, education, etc. However, here in Maré, the role of the associations goes above and beyond: they must also act as if they were a sub-division of the government. In other words, they get their hands dirty—including in the sewer, as is the case of More >
This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights. For the original by Luiz Baltar, Ratão Diniz, Vitor Madeira and Naldinho Lourenço in Portuguese in Imagens do Povo click here.
Police and municipal guards calmly control the traffic at the entrances of the Complexo do Lins de Vasconcelos, located in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Residents of the formal neighborhood are thrilled with the disappearance of crack addicts from the region and wait at the doors and windows of their homes for the arrival of the Special Police Operations Battalion More >
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 >