By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Flamengo is a traditional and family-friendly residential area in Zona Sul (South Zone), with lots to offer. Once an exclusive neighborhood reserved for wealthy Carioca families, now Flamengo is becoming affordable for people looking for a less expensive alternative to Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon.
Flamengo's expansion started during the second half of the 20th century. Businesses settled into Flamengo as it transitioned into a middle class neighborhood.
Still, a few traditional families still live in Flamengo's most expensive streets, such as Avenida Rui Barbosa (in front of Guanabara . . .