Thursday, 27 November 2014

Photo of the Day: Aerial Sunset in São Paulo

Sunday, 23 November 2014

São Paulo Street Life



If you get a chance, go check out the work of Miguel Castello. The exposition called Memórias da Rua is going on right now at Estação da Luz. Miguel`s powerful photographs portray homeless people living in São Paulo. Admission is free, the expo runs until Nov 30th and is supported by the Fundação e Instituto Justiça Solidária.

Memórias da Rua Expo
Estação da Luz
Praça da Luz, 1
http://www.estacaodaluz.org.br









Miguel Castello on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/memoriasdarua

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Canadian diplomat’s home in São Paulo “far too large and far too costly”

Too large and too costly

Apparently the official residence of the head of Canada’s mission to São Paulo will have to make way for a regular Apartment. This comes amid the effort by the Department of Foreign Affairs to rake in $80 million from selling off diplomatic estates worldwide. The official residence was apparently bought in 1985 for $424,000. We`d love to know where the house is located and what it goes for now. Seems like for some politicians in Canada, it is "too large and too costly"... oh my.

According to Metronewsa 2007 audit report by Foreign Affairs, the home has recently undergone extensive renovations: “The (residence) has undergone extensive work in the past two years, much of which was extremely disruptive to the (head of the mission),” the audit reads. “The final results are impressive however, and have resulted in a functional property which is effectively and appropriately used by the (head of mission) for hospitality activities.”

Metronews continues: In fact, Foreign Affairs thought it may be a little too impressive. Babcock wrote that the Sao Paulo residence was “far too large and far too costly” for Canadian taxpayers to stomach — although the department failed to provide cost estimates to Torstar News Service.“We believe that our operations abroad can be just as efficient and welcoming to guests, while keeping hard-working Canadian taxpayers top of mind,” Babcock wrote in the statement.

 The sale is part of a strategy, announced in the Conservatives’ budget in 2012, to “right size”foreign missions and sell off “high-cost, oversized and/or poorly located housing,” according to Foreign Affairs.

Source: http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1211477/diplomats-home-in-sao-paulo-part-of-ottawas-80-million-selloff/#








Tuesday, 18 November 2014

VIDEO: São Paulo or finding beauty where you least expect it


PARQUE DO GATO by PEDRO BAYEUX via CROP THE BLOCK.

The guys at Crop the Block bring together local film makers, who explore cities around the world through creative video. This wonderful Short is about a place called Parque do Gato. 

Film maker Pedro Bayeux, describing the project:

"Parque do Gato was a slum years ago - now is a housing development and a public art gallery, in the neighborhood of Bom Retiro. During the last World Cup, I was looking for places to take photos and illustrate the context of São Paulo: every time that I went near to the "Parque do Gato", my curiosity was higher - and the desire to make a short film there, also. This place is not really easy to find. Can be dangerous, can be harshly realistic, but now, with the buildings all painted, is definitely a paradoxical touristic point."  

There are many more really cool short films at Crop the Bloc and the work of Pedro and Projeto Revivarte is absolutely worth following.

Pedro Bayeux: http://pedrobayeux.com/
Crop The Block: http://www.croptheblock.com/en/sao-paulo/concept/#/intro/
Parque do Gato: https://www.facebook.com/projetorevivarte

Saturday, 15 November 2014

São Paulo Food Porn: Panela Na Rua

The one and only! Gorgonzola Burger via Meat Chopper

For those of you who haven`t received the memo yet: São Paulo tops every city in the world in terms of food. If you want to indulge in a number of different foods, all in one place, you should visit Panela na Rua on 85 Praça Benedito Calixto. Its a collection of food stands and food trucks in a 400m² courtyard, which has a roof that can be closed when its raining. The Gorgonzola Burger by Meat Chopper blows everything out of the water, but so does the Paella and the Tacos and the beer... you get the point. 


We went on a Sunday and even though we were not the only ones there, Panela Na Rua doesn`t get as packed as the Metro after work on Friday. You don`t have to wait in line too long, but if you do, just have another Chopp. Just keep in mind, the place only opens on Thursdays and Fridays!

Go check them out Thu 18:00 - 22:00 or Sun 12:00 - 18:00!
Adress: Praça Benedito Calixto, 85 - Pinheiros, São Paulo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/panelanarua?fref=ts
Instagram: http://instagram.com/PANELANARUA

The beer is cold and... extremely good
Paella time!
The Burgers at Panela Na Rua are out of this world!
You want sweets? They got èm.
Anyone say Tacos? Pic courtesy of Kondi at btth.pl
Okay Pessoal! reporting on Panela Na Rua:



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

São Paulo in Statistics: 8 stats about São Paulo's overcrowded prisons


Insight Crime recently published startling new figures on prison overopulation in São Paulo highlighting institutional failures in rehabilitating prisoners and the creation of new "Carandirus", the infamous and now defunct prison which was once the largest prison in South America as well as the scene of the greatest police on prisoner massacre in modern times.

Of course it's not the first time we talk about overcrowded prisons in São Paulo but the situation is getting increasingly more serious.

Let's take a look at the numbers:

70 = percentage surplus of total inmate population above what the system can support
200 = occupancy rate at 10 of the Centros de Detenção Provisória - CDPs, supposedly temporary housing facilities for those awaiting trial
1,085 = number of prisoners who have been sentenced but for whom no space has been found yet
2,749 = the number of prisoners counted last month in the São Bernardo dos Campos CDP which has a capacity of 84.
3,808 = people being held in police stations for want of space elsewhere
R$42,213 = cost per prisoner for building new space compared to R$5,562 per child for a new nursery
215,000 = total prison population in São Paulo
R$319,000,000 = projected cost of building 9 new prisons in São Paulo

And to make matters worse, due to processing and judicial delays, prisoners are actually entering the system faster than they are being released..

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