Posts tagged real estate speculation
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 >
With its historically welcoming and bohemian community and stunning views of Rio’s coast, the Vidigal favela in Rio’s South Zone has seen ever more visitors, new residents and outside developers since receiving a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2011. How are new visitors, residents and developers changing Vidigal? How do longtime residents view these changes? What are the concerns, hopes and fears for the future?
Here we take a look at some of the changes in Vidigal with residents’ comments from a workshop CatComm conducted with Vidigal residents in November 2013 to discuss gentrification and resident hopes for the future.“The situation here will improve, More >
Climbing the stairs, I inquired after houses for rent. There were many. In a violent place, unaided by the authorities, and in a state of war due to territorial disputes, people looking for cheap housing had options.
I moved into an apartment that had been empty for more than three years because of fear of the drug war. I didn’t know what this war was about, but it didn’t take more than two More >
“Receiving this international prize honors and rewards us in our struggle for the right to the city,” stated Luiz Cláudio da Silva, a 19-year resident of Vila Autódromo, upon hearing the news that the Vila Autódromo People’s Plan to upgrade the community had won the prestigious Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, chosen from among 170 Rio de Janeiro-based community projects. The award, in addition to granting a much-needed monetary investment of $80,000, recognizes and validates Vila Autódromo’s ongoing struggle to remain in the face of mounting pressure from the City.
Within a tense political climate, the international jury issued a symbolic critique More >
For the original in Portuguese on the Institute for the Study of Labor and Society (IETS) website click here.
New investments, growth in the local economy, the policy of pacification, and large-scale urban interventions are changing the city of Rio de Janeiro. Hotels are opening in favelas; bakeries and small grocers are giving way to restaurants and retail shops. Gentrification is the buzzword of the moment. To discuss this process, which results in real estate appreciation in a given area displacing that area’s original inhabitants, OsteRio invited for another round of debates the urbanist Flavio Ferreira; Theresa Williamson, also a city planner More >