Central and South America

May 23, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A group of Indians from the Amazon attacked a government engineer at a recent meeting where he was discussing a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River that could displace 15,000 indigenous people and destroy traditional fishing grounds.</p>
Associated Press via National Geographic
May 21, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Under a bold plan from the city's Mayor, the 11 million residents of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are enjoying a city free from outdoor advertising.</p>
Ode Magazine
May 19, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from the <em>Harvard Design Magazine</em> looks at slums in Latin America and discusses the important role they play in their cities. Preserving the positive qualities of these communities is increasingly preferred over slum clearance.</p>
Harvard Design Magazine
May 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The first high-speed train in the Americas -- which will be built by a consortium led by France's Alstom -- will cut travel times between Buenos Aires and cities of Rosario and Córdoba by more than two-thirds.</p>
The Financial Times
April 19, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In Sao Paulo, Brazil, planners are challenged with untangling traffic jams that stretch for over 120 miles.</p>
International Herald Tribune
April 18, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Drug traffickers, growers and drug law enforcement agents are wreaking havok on the forests of Central America, where large plots of forest are clear-cut for drug crop growing and sprayed to eliminate illicit substances.</p>
Scientific American
April 1, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is pushing plans to create "21st century socialist cities" -- communities based on public participation and cooperation -- juxtaposed next to fiercely capitalist developments in the rest of the country.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
March 28, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A groundbreaking deal recognizing the economic value of intact forests will not only preserve a million acres of rainforest in Guyana but establish a precedent for future such arrangements.</p>
The Independent (UK)
March 25, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>During the last decade, bus rapid transit (BRT) has revolutionized regional transportation planning in much of the developing and developed world.</p>
Lincoln Institute, Land Lines
March 25, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Progressive Planning</em> looks at the communal councils being set up in Venezuela and the progress they have made in local planning efforts.</p>
Progressive Planning
March 12, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Crippling violence and dangerous streets in the Rose Town area of Kingston, Jamaica, have motivated Prince Charles to bring his Foundation for Architecture and Urbanism to the island ghetto to attempt a rebirth.</p>
The Guardian
March 3, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>This report from <em>NPR</em> looks at how climate change may affect the future of the Panama Canal.</p>
February 27, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>What may be the oldest urban site in the world has been unearthed in Peru.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Retirees are increasingly moving to Central and South America to retire and take advantage of economies where the dollar retains some strength.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
February 11, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Classified by Nicaragua's government as a "Autonomous Area", the town of Bluefields, population 50,000, has an official unemployment rate of 85%. The primary industry is finding abandoned bags of cocaine that drift in from the sea.</p>
The New Zealand Herald
January 28, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>This video from <em>Streetfilms</em> shows and explains the workings of Bogota, Colombia's bus rapid transit system -- one of the world's most highly regarded systems.</p>
December 15, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The new public transit system in Santiago, Chile, is having implementation troubles, and it's leaving many commuters upset.</p>
December 11, 2007, 6am PST
<p>At the current rate of infrastructure spending for sewer construction and other sanitation measures, there won't be universal access to sanitation in Brazil fore more than 115 years.</p>
Inter Press Service
December 4, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Every Sunday from 7am to 2pm, up to 2 million residents of Bogotá, Colombia enjoy over 70 miles of car-free streets. The event is called Ciclovía. StreetFilms brings you along for the ride.</p>
November 30, 2007, 5am PST
<p>President Hugo Chávez is guiding government plans to create several brand new cities to serve as models of social and environmental harmony.</p>
The Washington Post