Opinion: Turf Wars, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The title is a colloquial term for a "bitter struggle for territory, power, control, or rights." Today’s Smidgen is about real turf, i.e. real estate: more specifically, what is being done with the land that underpins and overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

Although the battles in this war are couched in polysyllabic terms such as gentrification and revitalization, the fact is that they’re all about money. This is not surprising, as much of what’s being done for Rio (“to Rio” as some prefer) is in preparation for the

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