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Opinion, by Pedro Widmar

RIO DE JANEIRO - My girlfriend often describes me as a conspiracy lover by nature, and a cynic by nurture. And maybe for that reason I’ve been hesitant to acknowledge the efforts of our local government in the past months to improve areas of the city which seem frozen in time – a couple of decades back.

The change is no doubt greatly attributed to Rio’s upcoming hosting schedule: Olympics, World Cup, etc. Friday morning as I stepped onto the 457 in Ipanema going towards Abolição my head was swimming with ideas for my next . . .

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