Monday, February 23
'The Media Doesn’t Care What Happens Here'
"The favelas of Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest urban slums in Brazil, spill across 700 hilly acres in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, not far from the city’s international airport. Bounded on three sides by bustling highways and on the fourth by a forested ridge, Alemão can no longer grow outward, and so it has grown upward instead, in increasingly unstable conglomerations of quadruple-decker concrete boxes. 'The grandfather builds the first floor, the son the second, the grandson the third and the great-grandson the fourth,' residents like to say. Rebar sprouts from the rooftops, awaiting the installation of the next story and the next generation that will occupy it."