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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With residents of several favela communities in Rio de Janeiro facing resettlement and others having already been removed from their homes to make way for 2016 Olympic infrastructure development, the longstanding community of Vila Autódromo is pushing back with their Plano Popular da Vila Autódromo.

Founded by fishermen in 1967 on the shore of the Jacarepaguá Lagoon in Rio's Zona Oeste (West Zone), the neighborhood's proximity to Barra da Tijua - one of the main areas in which the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?