Maria da Penha says she'll never be one of them - the 75,000 of Rio de Janeiro's poorest residents who have been evicted from their homes.
Da Penha lives in Vila Autodromo, just over the fence from Rio's Olympic Park.
She has views of the park but the park doesn't want views of her. Or her favela.
Especially now that her home resembles a war zone, a favela literally ripped apart by the Olympics.
The given reason? Olympic organisers say they need to demolish the homes to build access roads.
The real reason, according to da Penha, is a tale of greed driven by property developers.
Da Penha, a slight 50-year-old, looks at vacant houses where neighbours once lived, and vacant blocks where houses once stood, and sobs.
"Everything hurts. Everything is very difficult," da Penha told AAP.
"It's very sad."
Vila Autodromo is a microcosm of Rio's forced evictions, made in the name of the Olympics and development.
It was retained in the original Olympic Park master plans but then erased in a Rio 2016 official video, replaced by trees.
Across the road from Vila Autodromo you'll find Barra da Tijuca, the upper-class realm of the nation's soccer stars and celebrities.
Less than five per cent of Rio's population lives in beachside Barra - but such is their wealth, they pay 30 per cent of all taxes collected in the city.
It's a place of boulevards, sprawling shopping centres, gated condominiums and the part-finished Olympic Park, the sporting hub of Rio's Games.
It's in stark contrast to rubble-ridden Vila Autodromo, sandwiched between Olympic Park and the polluted but pretty Jacarepagua lagoon.
However, this favela is not a stereotypical, crime-ridden slum controlled by drug lords.
There are no paved roads and the houses range from ramshackle cinder-block to solidly built, but those overlooking the lagoon have a million-dollar view - no doubt, how property developers see it.
It's state land that da Penha and others who remain at Vila Autodromo have legal title to - 99-year concession of use, awarded in the 1990s by the state government.
She is one of only 100 residents remaining. About 600 of da Penha's neighbours have moved on since the Olympics came knocking - first knocking on doors, then knocking over houses.
Many residents accepted compensation varying from 100,000 reais (about $A35,000) to one million reais ($A355,000).
The upper end of the scale is enticing in a city where the average monthly wage is around 2200 reais ($A760).
The lower end of the scale is insufficient for evictees to find another place in a city boasting some of the world's most expensive real estate.
Theresa Williamson, founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities, a Rio-based non-government organisation providing support to favela communities, said City Hall rarely paid at the top-end of the scale.
"The people who got those high amounts were people who were in with the judge - this isn't the average resident, this is the exception," Williamson told AAP.
"Everybody else isn't getting a just outcome."
Compensation is awarded by City Hall officials on a case-by-case basis.
But da Penha and others are holding out - for love, not money.
"This land belongs to the state. When we won the Olympics, the government didn't free up the land for them, so we have a right to stay," da Penha said.
But other Vila Autodromo residents took the compensation offer and were moved into a public housing complex, Parque Carioca, about 1.5km away.
Rio's City Hall describes it as a condominium, but residents say it's substandard, in disrepair, and reportedly troubled by violence and drug dealers.
One Vila Autodromo couple, Joao and his wife Suelita, took a compensation offer and moved to Parque Carioca. They used the rest of their payout to send his mother back to her northern hometown.
But Joao thought so poorly of Parque Carioca that he moved his family back to Vila Autodromo. Their original house had been knocked down, so they decided to build another.
In the four years after Rio won the right in 2009 to host the Olympics, some 67,000 people were evicted.
City Hall says 22,059 families have been "resettled" in Rio from 2009 to this year.
It said almost three-quarters of the families were relocated because their homes were at risk of landslides and flooding and other dangers.
"Resettlement and expropriations in Rio in the last years have had no relation to the big events the city has been holding, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games," said the report.
"The only exception is the case of Vila Autodromo, where families - most of them living in precarious conditions - were resettled to allow the opening of access roads to the Olympic Park."
Officials maintain resettlements "should only occur as the last case".
But City Hall and Mayor Paes are mistrusted by many residents of Vila Autodromo.
Da Penha said Mayor Paes had backflipped on the fate of Vila Autodromo, after first saying it would stay.
"The mayor has already said that after the Olympics this is going to be a private wealthy neighbourhood with shopping malls," da Penha said.
"The Olympics is worth it for those who are going to profit, yes. But not for the general public."
Mayor Paes is widely thought to have presidential hopes but he must first retain the mayor's chair at elections following next year's Olympics.
His future is linked to Rio's Olympics and Barra da Tijuca and he wants both to be a success.
Mayor Paes has been criticised as being too close to multi-billionaire developer Carlos Carvalho, who has spent close to $1 billion reais on Olympic Park and the athletes village.
Carvalho has also invested heavily in Paes, as a donor to his mayoral campaign.
His company, Carvalho Hosken, owns six million square metres of land in Barra and its Olympic precinct.
After Paes won a second term as mayor, he changed building codes in the Olympic Park zone, raising the maximum height - and therefore value - of apartment blocks from 12 to 18 floors.
Carvalho Hosken, in return, donated some of its land and agreed, with its partners, to fund the Olympic media and broadcasting centres.
Carvalho Hosken is part of a consortium that will sell off the Olympic athletes village after the Games, and also get rights to build on 40 per cent of the Olympic Park site.
Paes says they deserve to: the consortium paid around 75 per cent of the cost of constructing the park's Olympic stadiums, thereby saving City Hall a great outlay.
Carvalho has made clear a favela like Vila Autodromo isn't part of his picture of Barra de Tijuca as a suburb of "noble housing, not housing for the poor".
He says Vila Autodromo hold-outs like da Penha must be evicted.
"They are going to housing at their standard. They have to go," he told The Guardian in August this year.
But da Penha disagrees.
"Even if I have to leave my house, I want to continue inside the community," she said.
"I want to stay. I will stay. I'm not going to leave."