Instead of Favelas, Luxury Condos Could Soon Stand on Rio’s South Zone Hillsides

A bill proposes gentrifying the hills of the Southern Zone by permitting the construction of roads and more concentrated clusters of houses higher on hillsides, relaxing building size regulations for chic neighborhoods, and legitimizing larger roof-top additions to existing multi-story buildings.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Most people don’t have much cause to think about urban planning – until it fails, and city life descends into chaos.

Amazing then, to learn that Rio de Janeiro – already one of the most chaotic cities on the planet – is considering an initiative that effectively abandons the fundamental principles of urban planning.

Bill 141/2019, submitted to the City Council by Mayor Marcelo Crivella, proposes profound transformations – mostly in the form of deregulation – to Rio’s urban planning framework.

If passed, the legislation would make sweeping changes to the rules governing urban development – particularly new housing . . .

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