8.23.2005

YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT YOU DON`T

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i went through a favela in rio de janeiro today. totally redefines any understanding of urban poverty. . . and any logic as to where it`s a good idea to build a city. climbing straight up the sides of a mountain, narrow treacherous wet cement paths to get around (wetness courtesy of the open-sewer approach), buildings made from whatever can be carried by hand through these paths. . . and most houses are unfinished, you build what you can, then wait till you can afford more supplies. and the houses still go for around 50,000 reias, mainly because the close proximity to the wealthy areas enables you a better chance to get a good job. i`m still trying to wrap my head around all of it. . .

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6 comments:

  1. nice building shot. who do you think you are, Michael Wolf?

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  2. that brazil link doesnt work.

    and damn is nick ever spot the fuck on with the wolf comment.

    doesnt make the pic less nice at all, mind you.

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  3. On the Rio development,
    you should definately read Eduardo Galeano's
    Open Veins of Latin America

    He writes about the history of colonizaton and imperialism of, well obviously Latin America.
    Rio was an enormous prt of the Portuguese and British for delivering slaves and the import/export of materials.
    Export of raw materials extracted with indigenous/slave labor only to be imported as British products.

    An amazing book that im reading right now! and its all stuffed in a book less than 270 pages
    Thats 500+ years of imperialism and death in one small, well written and interesting book. Not your usual statistical heavy book, but a damn good story of winners/losers.

    god i hate capitalism

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  4. oh and that's my fave lovefoxxx pic so far.

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  5. you can see more of them here:
    http://www.fotolog.net/sucka_pants

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