Cement-block walls are being built around the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. Authorities say it’s to save rainforests. The city’s poorest residents say it’s an attempt to shut them out. Both sides of the debate seem to haveÂ good arguments.
The shantytowns (of which there are approximately 1000 in Rio) do indeedÂ cut into hillside rainforest. I’ve been there, and have seen them myself.Â
And since October, the Brazillian government has begun to adopt beautification programs to be implemented ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
But what do you think?Â
Are the slums being swept under the rug, so to speak? Is there a legitimate concern for the natural resources of the rainforest? HowÂ would you deal withÂ the slums and shantytowns?Â Any opinionsÂ on areas of your hometown that fall below the poverty line?
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