Wednesday, December 22, 2004


a beco in Rocinha Posted by Hello

here's a photo of a beco, or pedestrian path, in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro

I like how the ingenious housebuilder simply cantilevered his home over the rock outcropping.

Becos are the way to travel around the favelas, because most don't have roads wide enough for cars. Amazingly, most of the more than 600 favelas in Rio have been improved so much over the years that the homes are like the ones pictured here: multi-story affairs made from poured concrete and brick.

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