LA Times – At a Rio favela, Pope Francis’ upcoming visit brings side benefits

So one slum in Brazil receives some basic improvements due to the Pope’s visit.  Those improvements include repaving the street the Pope will travel on and establishing electricity to the chapel he will visit.  Two questions come to mind:
1. Should more high profile people visit every street in every slum, in particular schools and hospitals to get basic services established?
2. Why does it take visitation by “VIPs” (and I use quotations intentionally) to get this work done?  Doesn’t that seem to contradict the “we don’t have the resources” argument?

Sadly, with all of Brazil’s recent economic growth it appears the masses are left behind.  The widening wealth gap is a worldwide phenomenon, unfortunately.

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76786436/

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