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  1. Oooh, heheh, how heavenly! I wouldn’t mind my neighbourhood looking like this:) Would bring a smile to my face every single day:)

  2. that’s a project on the Santa Marta hill on Rio de Janeiro. that is the main square of the favela, which is a very poor neighbourhood, and the project is to expand the paintings all over the community. It is being sponsord by a local paint company.
    I loved to see it here! 🙂

  3. Oh, I never thought I would see here something related to the favelas in Rio!! Amazing!!
    I’ll check this personally in my next trip to my hometown city! 🙂

  4. Gee, let’s see someone try to paint Beverly Hills or Saddle River, NJ, or Fairfax VA that way. And let’s see how many people will think it’s fantastic. Not to be a downer, but this is a poor neighborhood, how about giving the love to the inside of the buildings for things like electric and working indoor plumbing, then we can cheer on the happy paint colors on the outside.

  5. it’s a poor neighborhood, but not actually a technical favela. see the pavement? see the concrete walls? and the glass in the windows? that = not a favela. most favelas are made out of tacked together rotting wood boards. it’s very cute, but once you’ve actually seen how the majority of our favela residents dwell, you won’t say “oh! i want to live there!” this is a NICE neighborhood compared the most of the squalor of Rio and SP. like Cheryl above–i don’t want to be a downer, but for the majority of the world who have no clue about the reality of Brasilian favelas, poverty and injustice; this really rubs me the wrong way.

  6. Gotta agree with the last two comments… I know that we foreigners are fascinated by favelas and always remarking on how less-well-off Brazilians are “so happy even though they ‘have so little!’” It’s true: this country has an inexhaustible supply of unbridled joie de vivre, but it’s more of a credit to the buoyant Brazilian spirit than it is a quality-of-life marker; being poor in Brazil is no enviable position, as much as foreigners romanticize the notion.
    And favelas are a loaded issue in Brazil, at the nexus of many struggles that the country has yet to confront head-on — like class and race.
    While I do think public art is very valuable and everyone deserves a world with spontaneous beauty, folks in the comment section would do well to remember that the moradores who live in favelas suffer incredible violence, poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of services and sanitation, and are generally invisible to or reviled by wealthier Brazilian society… not nearly as pretty a picture as those above…

  7. RE: Corin
    I volunteered in Rio at this very favela and true, the poverty and violence was overwhelming, but I stay in touch with one family who lives there and they tell me their teenage son, who had no motivation about doing anything with his life was so taken with the painting project, during and afterwards that he is doing everything he can to get an art education. His parents tell me that they’ve never seen their son so focused and full of purpose.

  8. While this is indeed lovely to look at, those of us who live here know that a paint job which will be used as a photo-op for politicians in the upcoming elections is not really much in terms of a lifestyle improvement. Most of these communities lack basic services, sanitation, schools and daycare, and are in dire need of opportunities for their youth so they can build a life away from the prevailing violence and drug trafficking. Would love to see happy colors as a true reflection of the happy life inside!

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