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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Most people don’t have much cause to think about urban planning – until it fails, and city life descends into chaos.

Amazing then, to learn that Rio de Janeiro – already one of the most chaotic cities on the planet – is considering an initiative that effectively abandons the fundamental principles of urban planning.

Bill 141/2019, submitted to the City Council by Mayor Marcelo Crivella, proposes profound transformations – mostly in the form of deregulation – to Rio’s urban planning framework.

If passed, the legislation would make sweeping changes to the rules governing urban development – particularly new housing . . .

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