Central and South America

October 4, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>This article from the <em>BBC</em> looks at what life is like on the other side of the fences in Guantanamo City, Cuba.</p>
October 3, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A new report warns that unless proper precautions are take, a plan to unite South American economies through transportation and infrastructure projects could result in widespread destruction of the Amazon rainforest.</p>
Environmental News Network
September 29, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Sao Paulo, Brazil, has recently brokered the first regulated stock sale of carbon credits, collecting more than $18 million in exchange for credits covering nearly 1 million tons of carbon emissions. This may lay the foundation for a carbon market.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
September 25, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Plans are under consideration for a massive port redevelopment in Jamaica that could create one of the most active shipping ports in the Caribbean.</p>
Jamaica Gleaner
September 19, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>While the ailing Fidel Castro remains behind the scenes in Cuba's governing, his brother Raúl has earned popular praise for putting various quality-of-life projects on the fast track.</p>
September 18, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Residents in the Bolivian city of Sucre are mounting an effort to have their city regain its status as the country's capital -- a designation is lost in 1899. But the costs of transferring the political infrastructure from La Paz would be immense.</p>
International Herald Tribune
September 16, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The second phase of Sao Paulo, Brazil's strict advertising and signage ban has begun, and is resulting in the renovation and preservation of the city's historic facades.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
September 6, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Fast-moving plans to build a subway system in the Dominican Republic have some locals angry over a waste of money and others commending the leadership for good foresight.</p>
International Herald Tribune
August 30, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Brazil is considering a bold plan to get water to its arid northeast by diverting one of the country's largest and most famous rivers. But many are protesting the plan, saying the water will mainly benefit business, not the rural poor who need it.</p>
August 22, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Sao Paulo Brazil has implemented a ban on outdoor advertising, calling it "visual pollution."</p>
August 22, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Greenpeace is claiming that a Brazilian scheme to settle tens of thousands of families has become little more than a "scam" to sell off logging rights in the Amazon.</p>
August 20, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Planners intended Ciudad Guayana to be the "Pittsburgh of the tropics". Today, the city has lost its former prosperity and is grappling with a array of urban epidemics.</p>
The New York Times
August 17, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Improvements in public services and rising wages are fostering the creation of a prosperous middle class in many Latin American countries.</p>
The Economist
August 16, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Medellín, Colombia, has escaped from the bloody grips of the violent drug warfare that consumed its streets in the 1980s to become a vibrant and active city.</p>
International Herald Tribune
July 16, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Residents of the Dominican capital are outraged by the government's move to cut down mature trees in the city's colonial areas.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>As the Central American country moves forward with plans to expand the width of its heavily-used canal, locals and scientists question whether a reforestation plan along canal banks will affect the area's supply of drinking water.</p>
National Geographic
July 5, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The president of Brazil has pledged nearly $2 billion to improve basic services and infrastructure in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. He hopes that providing running water, schools, and better roads will counteract the high crime rate in the slums.</p>
July 4, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>By ignoring the "spinoff" effects of urban growth and sprawl, planners in Jamaica have unwittingly encouraged the creation of slums and overcrowded urban centers, according to experts.</p>
Jamaica Gleaner
July 3, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>UCLA Professor Randall Crane blogs about his observations on the differences between Curitiba, Brazil and Bogotá, Colombia.</p>
Urban Planning Research
June 29, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>The public housing project where reggae legend Bob Marley lived is being re-envisioned as a historic site and tourist area. But high crime in the depressed neighborhood poses a challenge to dreams of a tourist-friendly shrine to Marley.</p>