Posts tagged Vila Autódromo
Following the events of this week in which the injunction preventing demolitions in Vila Autódromo was overturned by leaders of the Public Defenders’ Office, the public defenders from the Housing and Land Office (NUTH) who have represented the community for years released the following note:
In 2013, the Núcleo de Terras e Habitação (NUTH, or Housing and Land Office of Rio State Public Defenders) filed a public civil suit seeking a declaration to nullify the demolition permit of houses situated in Vila Autódromo, a community that has battled against successive removal attempts since 1993.
The petition requested an injunction that would prevent any further More >
The injunction preventing further demolitions in Vila Autódromo has been overturned. On Tuesday March 25, the head of the Rio State Public Defenders’ Office, whose Housing and Lands Office (NUTH) legally represents the community and has for years worked with residents fighting to remain, requested a partial suspension of the injunction the NUTH itself had filed and won days prior.
The partial suspension on the injunction was requested Monday morning, March 24, when a small group of Vila Autódromo residents who had signed contracts for Parque Carioca apartments met with Public Defenders in the Neighborhood Association to clarify misunderstandings about the recent court More >
On Saturday, March 22, Vila Autódromo experienced what witnesses refer to as the City’s “divide and conquer” strategy: coercive tactics designed to create discord in the community. An injunction filed by the Public Defender’s office was approved by Chief Judge Tereza de Andrade Castro Neves on Friday, March 21, stopping demolitions in the community until the City’s plans for the area have been presented. On Saturday, City officials including Tiago Mohamed, the sub-mayor of Barra da Tijuca, visited Vila Autódromo to inform the seven families prepared to leave for Parque Carioca apartments that day that they could not receive the new apartments, More >
Reflections After a Year of Protest: Rio de Janeiro as ‘Post-Third World City’ or ‘City of Exception’?
After a year of protest it’s time to re-examine what kind of Rio de Janeiro is emerging from the ‘city project.’
The widely (though not universally) held belief that Brazil had entered a new era of economic stability and social progress was severely dented in June of this year when enormous protests erupted across the country. Although less commented on in the mainstream national and international media, another dominant consensus was also thrown into question by the unrest: the idea that Rio de Janeiro was following a path towards improved urban governance and enhanced integration and social justice. In the wake of 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 >