Category Archives: Urban Landscapes

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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Brazil’s Military Withdraws from Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

In a little-observed story last week, Brazilian military troops announced that, after occupying several favelas since 2010, they were withdrawing from a number of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. In their stead, members of the police’s Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (Police Pacifying … Continue reading

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Apparently, Miami is the new Miami of Brazil

When I lived in Rio de Janeiro, there was a relatively recently developed area that looked nothing like the rest of the city. Unlike most of Rio, Barra da Tijuca, located along the southwestern coast of Rio, had many huge … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, United States, Urban Landscapes

Street Painting and Social Inequality in São Paulo

As I’ve discussed before, while Brazil has witnessed unprecedented economic growth and stability, the benefits of such growth are far from reaching all of Brazilian society, and there are ongoing reminders daily of those inequalities. One sign of the ongoing … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Favelas, Latin American Art, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Urban Landscapes | 3 Comments

Around Latin America [2]

Given the eventful and busy week and light blogging, this is the second update on news stories from around Latin America today. (You can read the first one from earlier today here.) -The Dominican Republic held elections this weekend, with Danilo … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Brazilian military police forcefully removed around 300 families from a camping site in Minas Gerais this weekend (photos available here). Members of the Movimento da Luta nos Bairros, Vilas e Favelas (“Movement for Struggle in Neighborhoods, Boroughs and Favelas”; MLB) had created … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Lloyd Brevett, the bassist for foundational Jamaican band The Skatalites, has passed away at the age of 80. -Rio de Janeiro has joined São Paulo in combating visual pollution by tearing down billboards and banners that pepper buildings throughout the city. I … Continue reading

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