By Helen Trouten Torres, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Cities across the globe are using mega events like the World Cup and Olympics to catalyze urban development and social and economic change. Being a host city is a way in which cities can express their personality, enhance their status, and advertise their position on the global stage, hence the increasing number and value of bids. Brazil and Rio de Janeiro's successful bids and subsequent planning for these events is drawing heavy anticipation of success, as well as focus on the long-term outlook after the games have gone . . .