A before photo taken from the top of the cable car.
It is obvious from my last post that I really was not tuned into the scope of the disaster in Nova Friburgo. Only after arriving in Rio, talking with all our friends and family that had been looking for us, after reading news posts, reviewing photos, and watching international news coverage last night did I finally understand how devastated Friburgo is. Conversations I have had this morning ranged from how to help now, to how will the city rebuild; replacing homes and businesses without using those areas that now show themselves as unsafe? In this minute there seems to be no answers.
As you can see from the before photo above the city is built on steep hills along a river that runs right through its center. On the outskirts of Friburgo - on the 116 between the new bus station and the city center is an old factory. It is for sell, and could be converted to many small apartments. The asking price last year was $R5,000,000.00 - to rich for my pocketbook, but have always thought it would make a great 'loft' apartment complex – Could the government buy this building now. Now maybe it could house many of the homeless, temporary but stable, and much better than living in a school cafeteria. And later turned into homes that could be sold to the poorer but strong middle class of Friburgo.
More before shots, so we can all remember how beautiful it is up here in the mountains.
If people aren’t allowed to build on the steep hills, where will they live? Does the government just say ‘sorry, the good building areas are full you have to move to a slum in Rio’? Where, by the way, most are built on unsafe sides of mountains.