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By George Powell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A key phase of Rio's Porto Maravilha urbanization project gets underway on November 2nd with the start of the long-awaited demolition of the Perimetral highway. The removal of the elevated highway will open up a historic but long-neglected corner of central Rio's business district, to be followed by new office developments, hotels, state-of-the-art apartments and leisure facilities.

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