Category Archives: Brazil

Facing up to reality, at least

Just what is Rio’s post-intervention reality? Tough to say. But one thing is certain: there’s more information about where we went wrong, where we are and how to get ourselves to a better metropolis. Clique aqui, para português Turning away … Continue reading

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Will Rio be safer?

Carnival’s intensity and the current tensions in greater Rio might be two sides of the same coin. We felt what was coming. Despite the thrills we knew it was impossible to go any further with rising crime and the ever-more-decadent cops. … Continue reading

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Safety in Rio de Janeiro, a losing proposition

Federal intervention could provide a truce for effective public policies, but probably won’t Given how little we know about the Eastern Command’s new, overarching role in Rio de Janeiro’s public safety — announced late Thursday night– one thing is certain. … Continue reading

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Strategies for Metro Rio

Not all is halted, moldy, undone Over the past 20 months, a team of specialists has worked, using local input, to put together Rio de Janeiro’s Metropolitan Region Integrated and Strategic Urban Development Plan. The plan may never be implemented. … Continue reading

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Building Rio, yes indeed

Politicians trip themselves up but democracy moves forward The government limps along, public safety wavers, but a bunch of people are busy chopping wood for the benefit of Rio de Janeiro. Para português, clique aqui Casa Fluminense, Meu Rio and … Continue reading

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Shooting citywide, armed forces in Rocinha: what’s going on?

Worse than you can imagine UPP failure a result of questionable management Unlike housing, health and education, public safety is a service that doesn’t lend itself to different approaches, one for the rich, one for the poor. Para português, clique … Continue reading

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Old Cidade Nova is new again

Rio is done for… Except it’s not! With so many new skyscrapers built in the last ten years, you’d think that the downtown neighborhood of Cidade Nova (New City) was actually new. But the name harks back to the nineteenth … Continue reading

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