By Anna Fitzpatrick, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Perhaps because of the international success of the Brazilian film "City of God", for many the word favela is synonymous Rio de Janeiro, more so than São Paulo. But Brazil's largest city struggles with the same challenges, and the census at the turn of the century recorded that a third of the city’s population were living in the over 600 favelas within and around the city.

The most visible difference between favelas in São Paulo and Rio is the geography, and the lack of surrounding . . .

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