Once Unsafe, Rio’s Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification

from Archinect.

Views of Ipanema Beach and the South Zone in Rio are seen from Vidigal. An eco-friendly hotel is under construction in the favela. The hotel, which will hire local workers, is part of a massive gentrification process underway in a neighborhood once wrought with violence and drug traffickers. (Lianne Milton for NPR)

A new boutique hotel perched on top of one of Rio’s previously most dangerous favelas is about to open. And yes, there is a jazz club and yoga, too.

These are new services catering to a new kind of favela resident.

“It’s actually very conveniently located for my work,” says Natalie Shoup, a 22-year-old American who lives in a favela called Babilonia, or Babylon. “This has a good amount of transportation to every part of the city. It’s nice. It worked out really well.” — npr.org


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