Tag Archives: Rio de Janeiro revitalization

Moving deeper into no-man’s lands

Ricardo Henriques speaks at last; some Vila Cruzeiro residents wish they hadn’t, and the Sambadrome carnival parade may be well-protected “A youngster age 20 from a community controlled by the [drug] traffic grew up during a war. So the culture … Continue reading

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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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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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New good citizen campaign: don’t be a jerk

The latest “Sujismundo” An advertising campaign is being launched in Rio to convince cariocas to improve their behavior. Created by the DPZ advertising agency in conjunction with the NGO RioComoVamos, it’s based on a character called Mané, or jerk, who … 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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BRAZIL’S BERLIN WALL FALLS; NOW WHAT?

Rio’s South Zone celebrates and worries Monday morning. Rio de alma lavada, “Rio’s soul washed clean”, touted a newspaper hanging off a corner newstand. In only four days, civil and military police, with the help of the Brazilian army and navy, … Continue reading

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War in Rio: roundup

The controversial decision to utilize 800 army personnel plus airforce helicopters to battle Rio’s druglords means war, indeed. O Globo‘s headline today, pictured at the lower right-hand side of the screen, is “D Day for the War on Drug Traffic”. … Continue reading

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Conflict in Rio can only end in peace

This video, recorded by a helicopter-borne TV Globo camera crew flying yesterday over Vila Cruzeiro in the Penha section of Rio, is quite frightening. It shows armed men massing in an alleyway of the favela, jumping off motorcycles as they … Continue reading

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Pacification honeymoon is over

Police up the ante [UPDATE Nov. 24] Traffic was astonishingly heavy in the afternoon and light last night in Rio, as cariocas either stayed home or left work early, fearful about their safety. Rumors flew: a large company had sent … Continue reading

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