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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 >
For the original by Cláudia Freitas in Portuguese for Jornal do Brasil click here.Residents of both communities are against the construction and want continuity of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) works
Star of an international soap opera and a new tourist point in Rio de Janeiro, the cable car joining the favelas of Complexo do Alemão, in the North Zone of the city, was designated as the ‘flagship’ for improvements promised by the state government to the pacified community, as part of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) and received some R$210 million in investment by both federal and state government. Two years after its inauguration on More >
For the original in Portuguese in Observatório de Favelas click here.
The notorious transport system in Rio de Janeiro continues to worsen. In the last two weeks, two trains on the Supervia suburban railway broke down, causing many inconveniences to passengers. Some, upset by delays, caused damage to a station and even set fire to some of the train’s wagons. On Rio’s subway, beyond the limited coverage which fails to integrate the different areas of the city, the 640,000 daily passengers must cope with the historical problem of overcrowding and occasional breakdowns, like those that occurred at the end of August.
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For the original by Mariana Alvim in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Fewer motorized vehicles, proximity to points of interest, and a sense of community: these are some of the features that would make favelas good places to use bicycles in the city. On the other hand, the steepness of the hills, the narrow streets, and the lack of pavement impose difficulties both for residents and for any urban policy that proposes to restructure communities for this type of transport. Even with the lack of bike paths and bike racks, favela residents opt for these two-wheelers as a simple and inexpensive means More >
For the original in Portuguese on Canal iBase click here.
A heated debate took place at the Engineering Club last Friday July 19 over the Rio state government’s attempt to install a cable car in Rocinha. Amongst over 120 attendees were many Rocinha residents, who were protesting against the cable car, arguing that the priority for the community is basic sanitation. In terms of mobility, the architect Luiz Carlos Toledo stated that a funicular tram, planned in Rocinha’s first urbanization plan in 2007 is not only much cheaper, but also would not drain local business, as a cable car would.
Toledo tore apart the More >