Central and South America

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>
NPR
August 22, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Sao Paulo Brazil has implemented a ban on outdoor advertising, calling it "visual pollution."</p>
AlterNet
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>
BBC
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>
BBC
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>
NPR
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>
NPR