Tuesday, March 07, 2006

asfaltização, 2

Now it's a home in Chapeu Mangueira, on the hill overlooking Leme and Copacabana Beach, that has been transformed into a hotel. The Guardian reports.

Check out the price: £13.40 a night. That's about $23. Sure it's cheaper than Copacabana. That means that renting one room for a week, this family would earn more than my landlord in Rocinha charged me for a whole apartment for a month.

Perhaps it's inevitable but there is a risk to this profiteering--that it will ultimately make the community less affordable.

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