Posted 2013/03/06 by matthewsf in Uncategorized. 4 Comments
A self and independently-funded documentary begins shooting on what is happening on Brazil in advance of World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Olympics:
Posted by Bobby Jenkins on 2013/03/07 at 9:45 AM
Well meaning, but incredibly stupid video. Provides no real facts, just rhetoric – and the rhetoric is wrong. Believe it or not, the revitalization or Rio’s favelas is finally making an impact, and it’s precisely because of the new injection of wealth and values in the region provided by private investment and public works projects. No one is getting kicked out; the residents are getting compensated, the free market is working.
Posted by JohnnyGL on 2013/03/07 at 11:41 AM
Did you even watch the video? One politician showed the map of what favelas are subject to police intervention and it lines up perfectly with World Cup projects. Did you see the one woman who said her neighbors moved out after being harassed and intimidated and given 400 reais? How about the fairly sharp guy who was allegedly offered 500K reais and turned it down, knowing full well he could command a much higher price?
Certainly there needs to be more research done (hard with no funding), but the video said a lot considering that it was only 9 minutes long. I’d like to see interviews with former residents who used to live in areas designated for redevelopment.
Where there’s property bubbles and major redevelopment projects, there’s usually criminal behavior buried just beneath the surface. It’s often easy to find if you know where to look.
And yes, it does seem the ‘free market’ is working, but for whom?
Posted by BW on 2013/03/08 at 2:11 AM
The unfortunately reality of community development/investment initiatives (no matter how well intended) is that they ultimately result in gentrification. This happens everywhere, including the US. Whether it is quick and direct, (such as properties acquired through eminent domain) or more indirectly over time (such as increasing costs of living) people end being priced out and displaced from their homes. Obviously this sucks for those who are on the short end of the stick. To the extent that it’s being perpetuated by corruption and force makes it that much more painful. I guess my point is that there are two issues…one worth documenting (corruption) and one that is simply reality of economics and community development.
Posted by Wixson on 2013/03/11 at 7:36 AM
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