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My Misadventures in Urban Composting

How I learned to stop worrying and love my worms.

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With Its New Master Plan, São Paulo Takes Aim at Gated Towers

The effort to curb street life-killing building designs could have a lasting impact on the city's culture. 

Thomas Kelly

The World Cup Ghost Town Effect

Normally buzzing Buenos Aires ground to a halt Wednesday to watch Argentina compete in the World Cup.

CityCop

Uruguay's Hot New Crime App Is a Bit of a Hot Mess

Anyone can report an incident on CityCop, but it's not at all clear what that means. 

Reuters

For Lima, There's No Simple Path to Re-Regulating Public Transportation

The city's historic transport free-for-all is starting to change, but a lot of people could get left behind. 

Reuters

The Innovative Policy at the Heart of Fresh Violence in Rio

The police department's once-lauded pacification program appears to be unraveling. 

The Bus Voyeur of Buenos Aires

This artist takes pictures of ladies on public transit, without their knowledge, and posts them online. Why?

Reuters

Brazilians Are Already Fighting Back Against World Cup Price Gouging

A wave of websites catalog the stores and restaurants where prices are skyrocketing.

InfoNEWS

Rolezinhos: The Flash Mobs Currently Freaking Out Brazilian Authorities

Low-income youth have been gathering in São Paulo shopping malls to chant lyrics from a music genre called funk da ostentaçã o.

Reuters

The Strange Saga of the Ousted Mayor of Bogotá

Gustavo Petro was impeached after his recycling program failed. The move could very well stifle municipal innovation there.

Reuters

Is a Favela Still a Favela Once It Starts Gentrifying?

Rents are going up in Rio's informal housing communities. What, if anything, should the city do about it?

Reuters

It's Not Just Justin Bieber: Travel Websites Are Fueling Sex Tourism in Latin America

Expect to see more attention paid to the conditions of prostitutes as Brazil counts down to the World Cup.

AP

The Novel That Neatly Dissects Latin America's Urbanization Preoccupation

In Peru, there's no shortage of discussion about Mario Vargas Llosa's The Discreet Hero.

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In Peru, Outrage Builds Over 'Phantom' Speed Limit Signs

Who is responsible for Lima's missing road signs? No one seems to know.

AP

Why International Aid Agencies Are Starting to Focus on Urban Violence

Non-war zone killings in cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are far outpacing traditional armed conflict.

Reuters

As Protests Continue in Brazil, Hard Lessons for an Urbanizing World

This widespread movement has clear echoes in developing megacities everywhere.

Reuters

Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.