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August 2011

Babilônia and the Threat of Gentrification

As I climbed Morro da Babilônia, up the Leme hillside overlooking Copacabana, I was taken aback by this community’s sheer beauty. Unlike many of the favelas here in [...]

August 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Igreja da Penha and the North Zone

Visitors arriving in Rio de Janeiro are greeted not by Copacabana or Christ the Redeemer, as the postcards suggest, but by a white church perched atop a domed hill. It is the [...]

August 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Asa Branca Braces for the Olympics

Debates on urban policy tend either to be basically theoretical – who wins, who loses, and why – or else technical – this regulation, that subsidy; this legal process, [...]

August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

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