By Harold Emert

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Concerned about the decadence of one of Rio de Janeiro's once lovely landmarks, residents of Leblon, Lagoa, and Ipanema have banded together to clean up and renovate Jardim de Alá (Garden of Allah).

Calling their association "Friends of Jardim de Alá," they complain of beggars sleeping on the grounds, the smell of urine and trash, unbearable noise that upsets their daily lives, dangers of being mugged and the abandonment of the canal area near the famous beaches of Ipanema, Leblon, and Lagoon area.

Their complaints echo the same grievances of other residents . . .

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