By Thaís Britto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The third largest 'bairro' or neighborhood in Rio, Campo Grande is a place of striking contrasts and rich culture.

Thousands of stores turn the main streets into busy through-fares, yet Campo Grande has enormous undeveloped areas, surrounded by the Parque da Pedra Branca (White Rock Park), with waterfalls, trails and some of the purest air in town.

Campo Grande's residents claim to feel safe, apart from the main avenues, the area is quiet and residential, with children playing outside and parents chatting. The neighborhood does shelter some armed gangs . . .

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