Category Archives: Urban Landscapes

Protests and Police Violence in São Paulo

With the recent announcement of a hike in bus fares in São Paulo, residents took to the streets last night to peacefully express their opposition to and anger with the hike. However, the protests turned very ugly when the police … Continue reading

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The Sustainability of Carnaval (and Other Remarkable Facts)

Julia at Rio Real has an excellent piece up on how Carnaval is straining sustainability in the city of Rio de Janeiro. For example: Informal recyclers– some of whom are the people who stay overnight on the beach– quickly pick … Continue reading

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Around Latin America [Updated]

-Early reports are saying 245 232 people died in a nightclub fire last night in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. Somewhere between 300 and 400 people were reportedly at the event, a party … Continue reading

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On Brazilian Infrastructure, Or, “Exploding Manholes Seem to Suggest a Bigger Problem”

Rio de Janeiro is going through all sorts of reconstruction, renovation, and re-imaging as it prepares to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. While a lot of these transformations are for foreign guests, there is no … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Urbanization and Deforestation in the Amazon

The New York Times’ Simon Romero has an excellent piece up on the recent urban growth in the Amazonian region of Brazil. The Amazon has been viewed for ages as a vast quilt of rain forest interspersed by remote river outposts. But … Continue reading

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On This Date in Latin America – October 27, 1912: Sugarloaf Mountain Gets a Tram

If you go to Google’s main  page today, you won’t see anything out of the usual. However, if you head of to Brazil’s Google page, you’re greeted with this (animated) image: It’s an animated image of a tram going up … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Former president and convicted human rights violator Alberto Fujimori is planning on asking for a pardon from his prison sentence due to health issues in a move that would undo years of efforts for justice for the victims of his … Continue reading

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