Olympic accommodation? Try a favela...

For over 2 decades, favelas have featured in my teaching: informal settlements in Brazilian cities, possibly named after flowers which grow on the steep slopes, which is where some of these settlements also locate.

Now it seems that they are going to be pressed into service for the upcoming Olympics, as accommodation for visitors.

The Guardian had a feature on those people who feel that the Olympics will make the city worse not better, and there's a useful piece by Thais Cavalcante here. Another resident of Rocinha speaks here.