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“Of course we’re talking about much more than a sporting event,” stated Orlando Santos Junior. “We are talking about a city project, a project of urban re-structuring which deserves to be discussed by society, by all of us.” He argued that the series of interventions taking place in preparation for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics reflect a broader vision of Rio de Janeiro—one that expels the poor to the periphery of city.
Orlando, a professor at Rio de Janeiro Federal University’s (UFRJ) Urban and Regional Planning Research Institute (IPPUR), and researcher at the Observatório das Metrópoles (Metropolises Observatory), More >
“What is this ‘pacification’ that is coming?” challenged favela residents last Saturday May 11th at a debate on public security in Maré. For weeks, the group of communities has been undergoing daily raids by the BOPE (Special Operations Police Battalion) in a government effort to prepare the area for the installation of the Police Pacifying Units (UPPs). The process includes illegal searches of homes without individual warrants and operations involving helicopters and armored tanks.
“The discourse from the state and from the commercial media [surrounding pacification] is a big lie,” explained Gizele Martins, coordinator and journalist at Maré’s 13-year-old community newspaper O Cidadão. More >
On Saturday April 6, Rio’s newly launched Livraria Cultura bookstore opened its doors to celebrate the release of the Guia Gastronômico das Favelas do Rio (“Gastronomical Guide to Rio’s Favelas”) and meet those who made it all possible including Sérgio Bloch (concept and editing), Ines Garçoni (text), and Marcos Pinto (photography). The guide, bursting with eye-catching photos and a multitude of interesting facts on some of Rio’s favelas, highlights outstanding restaurants, bars, and other unique businesses typically unheard of in the favelas.
Twenty-two businesses are featured from eight communities, these include: Morro da Providênica, Santa Marta, Tabajaras, Chapéu Mangueira/Babilônia, Vidigal, Rocinha, Morro dos Prazeres, and Complexo do More >
Times they are a-changing for the residents of the UPP-controlled communities. There’s been a swath of land titles being handed out, the arrival of new services such as a Family Clinic in Complexo da Penha and a cinema in Nova Brasilia, and youth programmes such as UPP Fight, a martial arts club in Andaraí.
But what UPP giveth with one hand, with the other it taketh away. Or that, at least, is the experience of residents organizing their own events in the communiy. Because of an archaic piece of legislation called Resolution 013, passed in 2007 by Secretary of State Security and More >
Click here for original Portuguese Opinion piece by Itamar Silva in O Dia.
It is hard to contain water flowing downwards, smoke rising, and the tourist invasion of pacified favelas. Something must be done to prevent the positivity of the moment from turning into “communities just for show.” The pacified favelas have become targeted by a consumer’s lust seldom seen in Rio de Janeiro. From the moment the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) installed themselves, in some favelas it is like a new sarcophagus of Tutankamon, the Egyptian pharaoh, has been discovered. A legion of tourists, researchers, business men, and marketers ‘discovered’ the favelas.
During its almost More >