Leila Marques: the top of the ‘compassionate’ Boa Vista

Leila Marques: the top of the ‘compassionate’ Boa Vista
Leila Marques: the top of the ‘compassionate’ Boa Vista

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Per Leila Marques – Architect and Urban Planner

The following photo shows one of the several staircases in the Alto da Boa Vistahistoric and bucolic neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. In this specific stretch, which connects the old Tijuca Old Road to Edson Passos Avenue – that many think that both are the same street-, there were, as in all the other stretches, 3 railings and handrails in cast iron, which were stolen a few months ago.

But the state of degradation and abandonment of the old and necessary Av. Edson Passos, which connects Tijuca to Barra da Tijuca, is visible not only in this small stretch. Several guardrails along the stretches of the road are (when they still “are”) rusty, fallen or broken, offering no security to anything or anyone, as would be its main function. There is also degradation of the fences that surround the small waterfalls that exist along the road, a lot of theft of cables from the utility pole and abandonment in the few monuments that survive there.

This is all without counting the dirt, in which the hundreds of religious offerings left on the lawns, with the vultures making the party, which end up in the river Maracanã with the rains.

The Alto da Boa Vista, passage that cuts in two parts the Tijuca Foresta place of partially native and partially replanted vegetation, after the end of the coffee farms, has seen the birth and growth of some favelas in the last 30 years (Tijuaçu, Enchanted Valley) entering the woods and reserves, in addition to many upper-middle-class houses that also took advantage of the abandonment of local inspection, to advance in their luxury tugs and destroy vegetation. Now, Alto da Boa Vista also begins to present a small population homelessa reflection of a situation that is repeated throughout the city, and which is result of a greater abandonment of our population.

This small stretch of the Tijuca neighborhood needs a more careful look, a government that takes pity on its beautiful history, not only because it is home to our giant urban forest, but also because it is a park that welcomes an immense number of cyclists. , hikers, leisure families and nature lovers who guarantee that the place, although it is always a “High”, risk losing one day “Good view”.


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