CSM Photo Archive 2012

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An electric pole is crowded with wires in the Providéncia favela, on... News PhotoBrazil,Electricity,Favela,Horizontal,Human Interest,Lifestyles,Rio de Janeiro,Slum,Social IssuesPhotographer Collection: Christian Science Monitor 2012 The Christian Science MonitorRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 19: An electric pole is crowded with wires in the Providéncia favela, on September 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It used to be electricity was pirated, but now in many poor neighborhoods they are being integrated into the city fabric. One third of the buildings in the neighborhood are being demolished for an Olympic stadium, a gondola and other 'improvements' by the government. Many residents fear city planners are trying to upgrade this lower-class neighborhood near downtown to a middle class area where the poor will be pushed out. Favelas are informal settlements, traditionally without electricity, water and sewage services. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)