If you watched the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, then you probably saw Simone Biles dazzle the crowd with the all-around gymnastics gold and Michael Phelps take home a bajillion swimming medals, but this is what the city looks like just six months after all of the glitz and glamour...
The city of Rio tried desperately to keep it together before and during the Olympic games. The city has been romanticized for its beautiful beaches, but in reality it’s a hub for rampant crime, corruption and poverty. 2016 even brought in record-breaking levels of crime.
Since the Olympics, everything has come crumbling down, both literally and figuratively. The organizers of the Olympic games reportedly still owe creditors close to $40 million and on top of all that, Brazil is going through its worst recession in decades.
“The Maracana is the biggest symbol of the way the games were managed,” says Political Scientist at Rio de Janeiro State University, Mauricio Santoro. “We know that all the serious problems of Rio will remain and perhaps no one will pay attention to us anymore.”
The center, meant for hosting visiting media, was demolished after the Games but much of the rubble remains. The site has been declared a hazardous area and could act as a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. What’s worse is its proximity to a daycare center.