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By Blake Sherman, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the family trove of Rio’s desired places to live, Flamengo could be considered the middle-child. Especially for those new to the city, the neighborhood is often overlooked or under-appreciated, continually trumped by the sibling Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhoods like Copacabana or Ipanema.

Although Flamengo’s true value is discerning and somewhat passive, the neighborhood is still one of city's many gems, and coming more and more from the fringe to being a hot location in the persistently developing Rio de Janeiro.

Flamengo resident, José Roberto . . .

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