Latest Informal settlements Stories

2011-11-28 17:18:34

With his June 2011 senior thesis examining tent cities, UC planning graduate Andrew Heben seemingly foreshadowed current “Occupy” protests. That research has already been published in Planning magazine, and Heben hopes to turn his student thesis into a book. As part of his research for his senior thesis as an urban planning student at the University of Cincinnati, Andrew Heben spent a month during the summer of 2010 living in an unsanctioned tent encampment in Ann Arbor, Mich.,...

2008-07-24 15:00:39

By Peyton Whitely, Seattle Times Jul. 24--Some Mercer Island residents have filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court to try to stop a proposed tent-city homeless encampment from moving to their neighborhood next month. The lawsuit, filed July 10, seeks an order to prevent the encampment, dubbed Tent City 4, from settling on the island between Aug. 5 and Nov. 10. The case is set for trial Dec. 28, 2009, but the lawsuit asks that an injunction be granted before Aug. 5 to prevent...

2006-02-18 09:16:47

By Angus MacSwan RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Fans poured into Rio de Janeiro from around the globe and a huge police operation swung into action for what will be one of the biggest rock concerts ever -- a free show by the Rolling Stones on the city's famed Copacabana Beach on Saturday night. A Carnival atmosphere took over the beach area, as fans gathered in front of the stage built on the sand or milled around outside the luxury Copacabana Palace Hotel where the band is...

2006-02-16 09:25:16

By Bruno Domingos RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A gang turf war broke out when 40 armed men invaded Rio de Janeiro's largest slum, killing at least six people as the city prepares for a Rolling Stones concert and Carnival, police said on Thursday. Police squads raided the area, not far from Rio's beaches and posh neighborhoods, after the clash erupted in Rocinha on Wednesday night. They arrested seven people but raids and shooting continued into the early hours on Thursday. A...

2005-10-29 15:00:51

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police killed the head of a drug-trafficking gang who controlled Rio de Janeiro's biggest slum in a shootout early on Saturday, officials said. Erismar Rodrigues Moreira, known as Bem-Te-Vi, was the most wanted man in the crime-ridden city. He was known for carrying gold-plated weapons and was said to be popular with some in the Rocinha slum because he helped provide for their needs. The clash lasted about an hour in the early morning after a force...

2005-08-22 16:43:14

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police in Rio de Janeiro killed five suspected drug traffickers, including a 15-year-old, during a shootout in one of the crime-ridden city's slums, authorities said on Monday. Police commander Alvaro Garcia said the five offered "strong armed resistance" during a police raid on the Andarai hillside slum on Sunday night, the state security agency said in a statement. Arms, including a grenade, and drugs were found on the suspects, it said....

2005-07-04 22:14:50

By Andrei Khalip RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A boy and an old mandied in shootouts between police and drug gangs in two Rio deJaneiro shanty-towns on Monday, triggering protests byresidents tired of rampant crime and police violence. In Latin America's biggest slum of Rocinha, a 60-year-oldpensioner was shot to death by a stray bullet. Another man diedfrom a heart attack during the fierce standoff, police said. Rio has one of the world's highest murder rates, especiallyin its slums...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'