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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week the Mayor’s office announced, with a discrete amount of pomp, that City Hall was about to start enforcing the Urban Clean-Up Code. Municipal Law 3.273 dates from 2001, yet for the past nine years its existence has been completely ignored by almost everyone, especially John & Jane Carioca, the Man & Woman on the Street.

Zero Tolerance it’s not, but the law sets out some 135 rules for the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.