By Scott Salmon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro is undeniably one of the world’s most naturally gifted places. Like just a few cities in the new world--Cape Town, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington--it has an international reputation based on its truly stunning natural topography.

Unlike those places, however, Rio seems to take its unique setting for granted – undermining the very foundation on which its marvelous reputation rests.

This obtuse refusal to preserve and enhance the city’s extraordinary natural asset is reflected in inertia – or incompetence – around issues both large and small.

Perhaps the most egregious . . .

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