Posts tagged public housing
For the original in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
Recently, the city of São Paulo presented a decree (54.074, from July 5, 2013) which deals with the building of Social Interest Housing (Habitação de Interesse Social, or HIS, in Portuguese) and Low Income Market Housing (Habitação de Mercado Popular, o HMP). A portion of the decree had already caused a stir last year when it substituted part of the Municipal Plan for Housing in the Chamber (read the commentary that I wrote about it in my blog here, in Portuguese). But in More >
For the original by Guiliander Carpes in Portuguese on Terra click here.
The pacification of favelas in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone has brought greater security to previously dangerous areas. And in the wake of this step forward, prices have increased on these hillsides. Real estate speculation and threats of removal are now obliging (or luring) residents who have roots in the communities to find a new place to live.
When services such as banks, electric utilities and cable TV entered the favela, many people began to feel compelled to leave – because they don’t have enough money to stay or want to make a More >
Last month in Providência Favela Não Se Cala organized a gathering of over fifty people that included residents of favelas from across the city, public defenders, law students, activists and social workers. Photographers and videographers flitted about the discussion circle, including the crew of Dominio Público, the investigative project currently being filmed about the privatization of Rio. Favela residents shared their experiences of state policy toward their communities and efforts to counter some of those policies, namely the displacement of thousands of families to public housing with low transparency and public works that often harm residents more than they benefit them.
For the original article by Claudia Atunes in Portuguese published in Piauí click here (subscribers only).An account of the residents’ movement in Rio de Janeiro’s first favela in an era of sporting mega-events and political fragmentation.
At Cantinho dos Servidores, a restaurant and bar with blue tiled walls and bare wooden tables, you can share a generous plate of food and still expect to pay just R$6 (US$3). It’s on Sacadura Cabral Street, a road that traces the shoreline that existed little more than a century ago, until construction on the Port of Rio de Janeiro in the Guanabara Bay would permanently More >
Last week it was reported that the number of people removed from their homes for the upcoming mega-events in Rio de Janeiro has surpassed 8,000. Thousands more evictions are planned in the run up to the city hosting the Olympics in 2016.
As previously reported on RioOnWatch in an article looking at last year’s London Games, mass displacement of the poor is a trend replicated in every recent Olympic city. Here, anthropologist Tarey Milton looks into the public housing complexes demolished for the 1996 Atlanta Games and discovers that though the communities were literally destroyed, former residents are keeping the memory of their More >