Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rio: A Study in Contrasts

Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times

Compare the celebration of the awarding of the olympics to Rio with this article by the exceptional John Lee Anderson at the New Yorker magazine. There is not really a place you can be in Rio without a favela in clear sight as they have taken over marginal hillside land all around Rio (and hills are everywhere) which means that there will really be no way for the olympic organizers or the media that cover the olympics to ignore the abject poverty that surrounds the city. Wonder how this will all play out..

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