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For the original in Portuguese in O Dia, click here.
Rio – The communities Recreio II, Harmonia, and Restinga, in Recreio, don’t exist anymore. They were removed for construction of the BRT Transoeste (bus line and highway). Yet nothing has been done with the land they once occupied. The space is empty and the families that were forced to leave their homes complain they are not satisfied with More >
“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 >
Over sixty favela residents, public defenders, nonprofit workers, and observers filled the chapel at the top of Laboriaux Street in Rocinha on Sunday for a three-hour meeting organized by residents of various North and South Zone favelas. Dubbed “Favela Não Se Cala” (Favela Don’t Be Quiet), the group gathers once a month, in a different community each time. Last month they met in a chapel at the entrance to Cantagalo along the snaking staircase familiar to those who don’t use the famous elevator.
“Everyone who would like to make a comment will More >
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013–Residents of Largo do Tanque undergo forced evictions and demolition of homes in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, to make room for the Transcarioca highway and BRT, whose final trajectory is still unknown to the public. In under 2 weeks, 54 houses were demolished and hundreds of residents left to fend for themselves. Sledgehammers and bulldozers brought homes down as neighbors who hadn’t yet settled with the authorities looked on. The City assessor sent to handle negotiations told residents not to speak with one another or seek legal advice otherwise he would reduce settlement offers. The psychological pressure was More >
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2012 was a relatively calm (election) year in terms of evictions in Rio de Janeiro. But it didn’t take long for the city’s tractors to get rolling again. The reports by international human rights organizations, major world newspapers, and the UN’s recommendations against forced eviction don’t seem to have intimidated city authorities, who are using the Olympic Games to carry out any and every urban intervention, arbitrarily and without respect for the affected residents. In Largo do Tanque, in Jacarepaguá, the city began marking houses the week before Carnaval, and by February 22 More >