Rio de Janeiro Has A Lot of Work To Do!
Throughout the history of ExcitingRio.com, we have mainly had a history of speaking about Rio de Janeiro in a positive light. However, there are times when we take a different stance, and that’s what this post is about today.
Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic place, however many of the policies and decisions of policymakers make a living and surviving day to day in Rio de Janeiro more difficult than it should be. For example, politicians have to take more concrete measures to control inflation.
Price increases for products and services are constantly raising to levels that is just simply unsustainable. Not only are the price increases unsustainable, the policies that could make life a bit more bearable for its citizens are simply not the attention of politicians.
For example, it is a well known fact that Brazilians have enormous buying power. In fact, Brazil is the strongest economy in all of Latin America, but it speaks volumes that middle-class citizens cannot affordto use appliances such as air-conditioners in their home. Now most, will be able to afford to purchase a unit but we’ll not be able to afford the cost of powering that unit continuously in their home.
Electricity Prices In Rio have simply risen way too much, and the cost to power a small air conditioner is simply not reachable for many in the middle class. Many people will have air-conditioners in their home, but will only use them for a short period of time during the hottest days in the summer. In a country where temperatures can reach as high as 110°, this is simply unacceptable!
Another unacceptable trait regarding air-conditioning, is that normally, public buses inside of of Zona-Sul are the ONLY air conditioned ones provided for the public. Now, Zona-Sul does have a larger concentration of middle-class people, however, of the masses that use public bus services in Rio de Janeiro, it actually has a less than areas that lie outside of it that do not have air conditioning in their public buses. As far as we’re concerned, this is an outrage! Just try using some of the buses outside of Zona Sul, and you will know what we mean.
Another outrage in the City of Rio de Janeiro, is that there are very Few Internet “hotspots” for accessing the Internet. In some of the shopping malls (which we have written about) they do exist, but in a city with so many people that have so many Smart-Phones, accessibility to the Internet public spaces virtually does not exist. In other major cities around the world, one normally can “trip up” on an open Internet access point, but in Rio de Janeiro, they either do not exist, or they are all completely locked down, or one can only access the Internet by using some form of a paid service.
For example, when one visits the (GIG) International Airport which is going to play host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, there are No Free Internet Access Points In Rio’s Airports. This is a very important point, because the airport is the first interaction between the city and the rest of the world. When visitors land at the airport for the very first time,they will not have any of the local currency, may not speak limited Portuguese, and may need to use Skype, Google Voice, or some other form of communication for contacting the hotels that they have booked time in, or the apartment owners that they have used to rent facilities from.
The the city that will be sponsoring the World Cup in the Olympic Games, Free Internet Access in the International Airport is a necessity! The fact that visitors will have to pay for this access really provides a grim eye-opener, to how Rio sees the opportunity of hosting the World Cup and the Olympic Games to be. We understand making money, but they are simply certain things that one should not have to pay for!
One other issue that the Rio has to address before major sporting events occur in the city, is to clean DIRTY Open Water inside of Rio de Janeiro. Many open areas where water can be found in the center of the city are disgustingly polluted. Today, there are many ways of cleaning water, and the fact that many of the public waterways have not been cleaned already, just shows the importance of cleaning certain water facilities is to the cities authorities.
And this gripe does not end with water, but can be seen in the area of Rio’s Graffiti Problem as well. Rio de Janeiro has an enormous amount of graffiti, and if the proper campaigns and educational planning were put into place years ago (as was done in New York City in the 80swith its “I Love New York” campaigns, the city would not be in eyesore of graffiti that it is today. Rio’s graffiti problem is appalling, and the fact that they’re so much graffiti on new infrastructure that the city has yet to even pay for, is abysmal.
Finally, when visitors land upon the city for the World Cup in the Olympic Games, many are going to be surprised when they visit the city, to see just how poorly Rio’s Bus Drivers, drive. Bus drivers appear to drive their brushes sometimes at speeds close to eighty miles an hour. Sometimes, it would seem as if they’re trying to run the buses off the roads… and sometimes they actually had done this!
In closing, with the City’s attitudes around the issues of public comfort in public transport, with it’s non-accesses to public communication regarding Free Internet Access, and its nonchalant attitude to the ways in which many bus drivers commute the public around the city, Rio de Janeiro has a lot of work to do!
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