Tag Archives: 2016 Olympics

Rio is no Barcelona

  [translation of an op-ed piece published March 6 in O Globo, by your blogger] The idea was to host mega events, to brand the metropolis, attracting tourists and investment. Barcelona was our model, even after Rio was chosen for the 2016 … Continue reading

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Cidade Maravilhosa para quem? For whom is the Marvelous City?

Acabei de publicar um post no blog de Ruth de Aquino no site da revista Época — minhas reflexões sobre o novo documentário de Felipe Pena, que trata da remoção dos moradores da Vila Autódromo. No post, falo do contexto … Continue reading

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Taboos / assuntos tabu

Participe no RioRealblog. Quais são os aspectos tabu da transformação do Rio de Janeiro? Quais são as perguntas que permanecem no silêncio? Onde falta o debate?  Deixe seu comentário, abaixo! RioRealblog would like to hear from you. What are the … Continue reading

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Rio public safety policy: everything you always wanted to know

[UPDATE] Secretary Beltrame announced Oct. 21 that Mangueira favela will have a police pacification unit in two weeks at the most, with 403 police officers, serving an estimated 20,000 residents. The elite squad moved in to occupy the area in June; this … Continue reading

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Rio art moves

Fifth in a series of conversational nuggets about the transformation of cultural life in the marvelous city. Sculptor (and blogger) Raul Mourão has been working with grilles since the late 80s. Not the barbecue kind, but the sort he saw … Continue reading

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Rio pacification at risk?

Only if a time machine existed. Rio de Janeiro has been busily repaving its streets, as part of the revitalization in the runup to all those mega-events. Manhole covers (exploding or not) are a challenge for any city. They end … Continue reading

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Where’s the governor?

A helicopter crash June 17 in Bahia serves to remind us just how hybrid –or schizophrenic, if you like– Brazilian politics can be. Sometimes, it seems that Rio has arrived in the modern world of transparency, accountability, performance and merit, leaving behind … Continue reading

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