The 2016 Olympic Games is bringing people from across the world to Rio de Janeiro and spending too, but the legacy is up for debate lately.
The city has been long prized by global tourists for its dramatic diversity of cultural attraction as well as sumptuous geographies.
Such mega events, including the city hosted World Cup and the pope in past three years duration, are said to have undergirded determination in Brazil to move on longstanding issues like the infrastructure and housing.
A data reveals more than half of the Rio population used mass transit in 2016. In 2009 the figure was just 18 percent. No matter, after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games more such transport systems will be made available for the city residents.
However, critics argue such plans are exclusively geared for the interests of tourism and the moneyed classes at the cost of other residents of the city. The real estate value too has increased sharply since 2007 after the announcement of World Cup. More to all these, tens of thousands of lower-income residents have been forced evictions.
Urban planning professor Clara Irazabal said, “These games are always sold to locals as great opportunities for the city to have an enormous economic development that will raise everybody’s boats.”
He added further many of the innovations in transit including the new cable cars are connected to the wealthier districts.
In most of the cities that hosts such mega events like the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 help in bringing down unemployment rate, improve the sewage system and invest in roads and other transport networks, but protestors argue the same has not been seen in Rio for past three years.