Category Archives: Brazil

Looking inward in Rio: anybody home?

Rio’s plan, in hosting the Olympics, was to get the city on the world stage, attracting tourism and investment. We’d compete with other metropolises, brand ourselves. In the process, we forgot to take a good look at the product itself. With … Continue reading

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Corruption in Rio de Janeiro

State is at scandals’ center: what will the cleanup be like? The gas station where the Lava Jato investigation began is in Brasília, but you could say that the biggest corruption scandal of all time began and will most likely end in Rio de … Continue reading

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What’s happening? Shell-shocked in Rio de Janeiro

Riorealblog was created almost six years ago. Many times this blogger considered revamping the mission statement (at right), but ended up leaving it as is, a testimonial to more hopeful (and innocent) times. In August 2010, no one dreamed we’d find … Continue reading

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Nothing is gold, silver or bronze, in run-up to Olympics

The Games could come as a welcome respite to so much tragedy, in Rio and beyond Rio. They may inspire unity, sportsmanship and optimism, rare just now. They may pass relatively unnoticed, as the country noisily seeks solutions to political, social and … Continue reading

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Barriers to public transportation flout right to the city

Supposedly, mobility is the main Olympic legacy If you don’t ride buses, turn to the next person  — at work, in the supermarket, in your kitchen — and ask how life is, through the turnstile. Clique aqui para português At bus stops, … Continue reading

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Transportation chaos in Rio: can any good come of it?

A meeting of the Urban Mobility Forum last night at the Engineers’ Club helped this blogger to start unraveling some mysteries of daily Rio life, with information that still needs checking. Clique aqui para português Above all, this post is an … Continue reading

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