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Opinion, By Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This week marks the beginning of the end for Rio traffic. The section of the “perimetral” ring road closest to downtown Rio has now been closed. In preparation for the dismantling of this section, the short tunnel running underneath the Praça XV, called the “mergulhão”, will also be closed.

There’s even worse news for those who choose to drive downtown. Avenida Rio Branco, the main downtown thoroughfare running from the Praça . . .

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