Central and South America

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>
June 28, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Migration of workers from Mexico to the U.S. is creating a drain of workers -- and a viable future -- from many Mexican towns.</p>
June 27, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Bogota, Colombia, has turned itself around by focusing on using the public realm to promote the greatest amount of happiness. First stop? Car-free days.</p>
The Globe and Mail
June 26, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>In exchange for a discount on oil for London's bus system, city transit officials will lend their expertise to the city of Caracas, Venezuela, in an effort to reduce the city's crippling congestion.</p>
The Guardian
June 20, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>A Brazilian tribe is in talks with Google to use its satellite imaging program to monitor and prevent illegal logging in the tribal reservation of more than 600,000 acres in the Amazon rainforest.</p>
International Herald Tribune
June 11, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Critics warn $11 billion hydroelectric dam project could cause environmental damage while supporters point to economic and infrastructure benefits.</p>
The New York Times
June 11, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>With significant oil reserves in its rainforests and rampant poverty, Ecuador has a dilemma. The country's president is asking the international community to compensate the country for its plans to protect the rainforest by not drilling for the oil.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
June 9, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>A look at how Sao Paulo's extensive bus system keeps the crowded Brazilian city's 18 million residents moving.</p>
IEEE Spectrum
June 1, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>In Venezuela, small community councils funded by oil money are popping up all over the country, taking control over local decisions such as public education, infrastructure, and building plans.</p>
May 26, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Brazil has announced an expansive and ambitious plan to update its crumbling infrastructure. But some critics say the proposal is not feasible.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
May 21, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Jaime Lerner's bold actions helped convince Curitiba's residents to adopt change and created a model for the world to follow -- even as the city faces new challenges to its much lauded transit and waste collection programs.</p>
The New York Times
May 20, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A program to redistribute farmland from wealthy landowners to the rural poor in Venezuela has shown success for the new farmers as well as violence on both sides of the struggle.</p>
International Herald Tribune