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Preserving Rio’s History or Progressing Rio’s Future?

Continuing with the conversation on Brazil, I had to share this article I read today in the New York Times. It is quite alarming that the importance and significance of Rio and more widely Brazil’s history is being ignored intentionally. It’s been almost two years since I’ve been back to Rio, I am dreading the sight of the many changes that have been made to prepare for the World Cup and Olympics..

“Archaeologists are exposing the foundations of our unequal society while we are witnessing a perverse attempt to remake the city into something resembling Miami or Dubai,” said Cláudio Lima Carlos, an architect and scholar of urban planning. “We’re losing an opportunity to focus in detail on our past, and maybe even learn from it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/world/americas/rios-race-to-future-intersects-slave-past.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

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