Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Housing

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The “Telerj Favela” has now come and gone. Rising in early April in the leafy grounds surrounding an abandoned building in Engenho Novo (a neighborhood in Rio’s near north side) the hydra-headed monster threw out hundreds of tentacles, enticing some 5,000 souls to abandon their dwellings in hillside slums and flee to refuge there.

Telerj, for those not familiar with Rio’s history, is the former name of the telephone company now monosyllabically known as “Oi”. Telerj was a state-owned company, part of the vast Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?