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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Founded over 200 years ago, Rio’s Botanical Gardens are an integral part of Rio’s cultural and horticultural diversity. Almost 100 years ago, Gardens administrators decided that certain employees could build houses in one place inside the grounds and live there with their families. Later, another administrator of the Gardens permitted employee families occupy other parts of the grounds.

There are now nineteen separate conglomerations, at last count totaling 621 dwellings, located . . .

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