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Barra Metro Line 4: can the dream come true?

Nice-looking bridge; now just build it and get the lagoon it runs over cleaned up! Using aerial photography and computer animation, this State Transportation Secretariat video provides an impressive display of the #4 metro line now under construction in  Barra … Continue reading

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Rethinking Rio architecture

“If you close your eyes and pretend there’s no mountains or sea, it’s a tragedy.” –Lauro Cavalcanti, Paço Imperial museum director and architect, in O Globo Jan. 29, 2011 O Globo‘s culture section, the Segundo Caderno, ran a cover story … Continue reading

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Is Rio for the birds?

Neverending mudslides and deaths are no draw for tourism and terrible for locals [UPDATE JAN. 25 2011] The mudslide death toll in the mountains north of Rio tops 800, more than died in the Chile earthquake last February according to … Continue reading

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Governor Cabral anew

Rocinha could be “pacified” in a matter of days or weeks Sworn in yesterday to a second term as governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral announced his top three priorities: public safety, public health, and education. Last year, Rio … Continue reading

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Rio pacification: over the hump

An article on today’s O Globo opinion page by architect Sérgio Magalhães (who heads up the Rio chapter of the Brazilian Architects’ Institute, which held the recent Morar Carioca favela upgrade architectural contest) is emblematic of a generalized sense in … Continue reading

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The question of the hour /A pergunta que não quer calar

Why didn’t the transformation of Rio de Janeiro occur until now? Porque a transformação do Rio de Janeiro não aconteceu antes? To make your comment, click on the title of this post and scroll down until the comment box appears … Continue reading

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Wikileaks out of Rio de Janeiro: 2009 pacification report from consul

Catchy title: COUNTER-INSURGENCY DOCTRINE COMES TO RIO’S FAVELAS U.S. consul Dennis W. Hearne’s September 2009 report on Rio de Janeiro’s pacification program is excellent; if only it were more recent! This and other documents have been discusssed in Brazilian blogs … Continue reading

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Rio violence: does Mayor Bloomberg get his own coffee?

The  unexpected occupation of  Complexo do Alemão and Vila  Cruzeiro unearths more than weapons, drugs and bandits. After a week of violence, fear and uncertainty, this past Monday Rio de Janeiro had calmed down enough for an emotional thank-you from mayor’s Eduardo … Continue reading

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Rio’s wishlist

Last week O Globo carried a detailed listing of the projects that just-reelected governor Sérgio Cabral is expected to take to Brasília next week, to discuss with president-elect Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff’s election — and 60% win with his support in … Continue reading

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None of this shall come to pass…

Rio de Janeiro, 2017 The Olympics are over, a knockout success. The city was peaceful and tourism increased exponentially. A lot of people made a lot of money. Lula is still retired, since Sérgio Cabral is president of Brazil, now … Continue reading

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