Posts tagged South Zone
Rio de Janeiro is falling behind on its promise to plant 24 million trees to offset the carbon emissions produced as a result of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. According to the official counter, just 5.5 million have been planted, and time is running out to get the remaining trees planted before the end of 2015 deadline. Back in September 2012, State Environment Secretary Carlos Minc was so confident of reaching the goal of 24 million trees he increased the target to 34 million. But with less than two years remaining before the set deadline and little more than that More >
On Sunday February 22, some 20 activists gathered in Praça São Judas Tadeu, outside the bondinho (tram) station leading up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio’s leafy Cosme Velho neighborhood. Hailing from Cerro Corá, a favela just five minutes walk from this busy tourist spot, they wanted to combat the invisibility of Rio’s favelas and “show Cariocas and tourists what happens underneath Christ the Redeemer.”
The activists, members of Cerro Corá–Moradores em Movimento, highlighted a number of issues currently facing Rio’s favelas: home demolitions and evictions, failure of basic services such as water and electricity, and police violence against favela residents all More >
For the original by Silvana Bahia in Portuguese for Observatório de Favelas click here.
The strengthening of the idea of the city as a place to meet and exchange ideas has spurred the formation of various cultural production groups, particularly over the past decade, in Rio de Janeiro. People from different regions of the city have come together to organize around a common line of thought and develop cultural practices, often driven by issues like mobility, access to cultural goods or a diffusion and intervention of artistic production in the city. However, with the current turmoil Rio is experiencing in terms More >
For the original by Mariana Albanese in Portuguese published on the Carta Capital blog Negro Belchoir click here.
The actions and the images are shocking, and yet they are celebrated on the BOPE Facebook page. The deaths of two soldiers were being vindicated and their honor washed with the blood of young black bodies that lie on the steps up to any favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The saying from Africa goes “The true story of the forest will only be known when the lion speaks.” A lioness, in this case: Mariana Albanese, a journalist and editor of Vidiga!, human rights activist 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 >