Favelas are located most often on the periphery of large cities. Some of the best-known favelas are those that cling to steep hillsides in Rio de Janeiro. Favela housing generally begins with makeshift structures fashioned from wood scraps and daub. Over time more-durable materials such as brick, cinder blocks, and sheet metal are incorporated. The lack of infrastructure gives rise to improvised and jerry-rigged plumbing and electrical wiring. Often water must be ported great distances, and rudimentary methods of waste disposal pose health hazards. As a result of the crowding, unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition, and pollution, disease is rampant in the poorer favelas, and infant mortality rates are high.
A wide variety of small businesses exist in favelas and serve the needs of the community.
An array of social and religious organizations have also developed in favelas, as have associations targeted at obtaining rights and services. Over the years the Brazilian government has taken a number of different approaches in dealing with favelas, from programs to eradicate the favelas to efforts to provide or improve infrastructure and permanent housing.
Because of the privileged location between the rich areas of Leblon and Sao Conrado, and the fantastic views that they have from the mountainside, the area is attracting a new type of residents who are a mix of foreigners and wealthy Brazilians who love the region because of the views.
New resident arrivals are a positive thing because they bring jobs for the community, investment and different cultures.
Food prices have rocketed because of the new “gringos”.
Poor sewage works, irregular electricity supply, sporadic rubbish collection and chaotic traffic remain though.
Some of the best properties are at 1,740m above sea level and they are very expensive to buy even without sanitation or internet.
The rich come here because it is cheap, and they love the views. David Beckham was interested about buying a house in the favelas and that house was sold for one million Reals to someone else..
Things have definitely changed, more more people and guests from around the world are interested in living at the favelas and of course the boom will continue due to the 2016 Olympics.
The picture is not of a great quality due to the long distance but it is a documentary picture to show you the privileged location and the contrast with the urban zone.
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danos (83809) 2014-07-20 5:04
Ελένη γεια σου,
υπέροχο το κοντραστ αυτή τη φορά όχι στα χρώματα και το φως αλλά στον πλούτο και την φτώχεια.Απ΄ ότι βλέπω ο κατάφοιτος λόφος είναι κτισμένος μέχρι την κορυφή του με τα σπίτια με τις λαμαρίνες,όταν κάτω στο πεδινό έδαφος οι πολυόροφες πολυκατοικίες καλύπτουν το κάθε εκατοστό της γης.
Εξαιρετικός ο φωτισμός όπως και τα χρώματα της φωτογραφίας.
Sergiom (55735) 2014-07-20 5:36
Quel beau point de vue sur cette célèbre favelas.On voit bien leur situation par rapport à la vielle et aussi l'utilisation de belles couleurs vives pour les différencier. L'ensemble est d'une belle netteté.
mohammad_H (8859) 2014-07-20 5:40
Previous image class differences, the poor and the rich, capitalism for communities, livelihoods and food poverty and health care in the country, the most important sporting event (World Cup) it was done, the class difference in your photograph, as well as display
I'm glad we do not see beauty communities and we show societies as well as all of the documents
Hopefully, at all stages of life, be successful.
dta (63750) 2014-07-20 5:40
Bonjour Eleni ,
De loin , ces favelas accrochés à la montagne , avec leurs maisons colorées , ressemblent aux pittoresques villages de Ligurie en Italie ! C'est sans doute moins vrai de près . Quel contraste avec la ville et ses immeubles en contrebas .
fds (7440) 2014-07-20 5:41
ciao cara amica eleni mi fa molto piacere risentirti questa è una bellissima immagine che denota i contrasti enormi tra le poverissime favelas e la ricca città bello lo scenario la nitidezza e i colori
un caro saluto e una buona estate
asajernigan (20748) 2014-07-20 5:41
Your POV is well chosen here giving us an overview of the mountain side homes and the modern buildings in the background. You have created fine contrast here between the architecture of the mountain side buildings and the modern skyline. The lighting is great and the photo has fine sharpness.
Ninello52 (7542) 2014-07-20 5:58
How are you? Your photo is very interesting because a clear vision of how the favelas are located in Rio! I had no idea, and I imagined a lease on the flat, but here the location is very nice and I understand the interest of the speculation that there may be, but nice location aside, I think that living there is already problematic for residents immaggino impossible for foreigners, and è sorprendente what you write in your interesting note!
Best Regards, Nino.
saxo042 (37024) 2014-07-20 6:56
A very interesting view and a well composed picture. The colourful favelas make a fine contrast to the modern buildings far away. The closer houses make a cubistic picture with all these squares of different hues.
pajaran (49183) 2014-07-20 8:14
Interesantan tekst o Favelas sa opisom , lep pogled ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazane Favelas i deo grada.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazana arhitektura, lepe boje.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the Favelas with the description, nice view ...
Good picture, contrast and perspective, well shown Favelas and part of the city.
Good work and composition, nicely demonstrated architecture, beautiful colors.
Have a nice day to relax, all the best.
Silvio1953 (117355) 2014-07-20 8:21
Ciao Eleni, qui il contrasto e' ancora piu' stridente, altra gran bella documentazione, fantastico POV, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
ikeharel (53415) 2014-07-20 8:21
The favelas seem to had been built in a most great location, with view ver the modern town. Yet, irony would not change the fact that those are poorest people dwellings in tye big city.
The pic. though, has fine contrast to the modern town, and with fine golden light upon.
jemaflor (81674) 2014-07-20 9:41
Intéressante juxtaposition qui donne un grand contraste d'architecture, de modes de vie et de teintes, bien présenté.
carlo62 (28745) 2014-07-20 10:12
la diagonale divide due mondi molto diversi, ma uniti, una unica storia, ma con destini contrapposti. Bello scatto, c'è tutta l'essenza di questa popolazione.
Ottima inquadratura e bella luce.
jhm (136072) 2014-07-21 5:15
Your second picture of the Favelas, here live and life also people all very close to each other.
You took a again a nice panorama view.
You create a very pleasant picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
Oceania (4638) 2014-07-21 6:53
Some countries in South America, the gap between the rich and the poor is huge. It causes some people live in the poverty. The strange thing is that the location of the Favelas is very good, on the hilltop, surrounding by lush green.
This picture was excellently taken. Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (21682) 2014-07-21 11:24
You have presented here a beautiful image and a top class note to go with it, which raises my awareness so much of this place. I saw a show on TV recently, with a child living in a place like this and when he got home and climbed onto the roof, the view was out of this world. The kind of thing people would pay millions for, and reading your note that is exactly what happens! It is hard to think of the worlds wealthy willing to spend so much when the infrastructure is not there, but I guess that will follow the money and hopefully improve the lives of everybody here. My only fear would be that local people would be pushed out to make way for more rich.
This is a staggering view, and you captured the soul of your note perfectly with this. A lesson in economics, photography and geography all in one for me, thank you :)
npecanhuk (61842) 2014-07-21 15:25
Nice take from the great contrast between the favelas and the wealthier districts of that city! That's what Brazil really is, unfortunately until today: a great abyss between rich & poor, between middle class & miserable people! In the picture and for visitors it might be interesting! And yes, there are good people living there! But also, lots of problems, including drug dealing, other crimes and lots of violence that spread all over the city! In Rio, they are there, for everyone to see! In São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other cities, that's not so clear, but they are there, many times hidden from us and from the outsiders! No, the World Cup didn't change that! It's been changing throughout the years, but slower than all of us wanted it to be happening!
That's a long story!
Cricri (102185) 2014-07-22 23:59
Bonjour amie Eleni
Une vue magnifique, j'aime ces maisons colorées sur le premier plan en contraste avec la ville en contre bas
Toute belle journée a toi amie
delpeoples (52767) 2014-07-25 5:55
Ciao cara Eleni
A commanding view of this wonderful city. I have never seen it from this angle. The depth of field is excellent, giving details of every tiny window in those far off houses and apartments. I like the predominance of greenery too and how the houses are built into the hill like that. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have been keeping well. I think of you often and you're always in my prayers.