By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Conditions at Rio's Vila Pan-Americana (Vila do Pan), the residential apartment complex in Barra da Tijuca originally built for the athletes of the 2007 Rio Pan-American Games, has deteriorated significantly, according to various news outlets.

Reports of sunken streets, huge craters, falling guardrails, cracked structures, and exposed sewer and gas pipes have become commonplace.

"The feeling is one of pure sadness and discouragement," exclaimed a frustrated Aloízio Bravo, Director of the Vila do Pan Residents Association. "I don't even invite visitors because I have no pedestrian . . .

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