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By Nicole Pelligrino, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - A ride on the Santa Teresa trolley (called the "bondinho" in Rio) is like a journey through time. At the bondinho’s main station in Centro at Largo da Carioca, a quick look around gives a foretaste of Rio’s future.

Towering over the station only a few meters away is Petrobras’ Edise building, often likened to an ultramodern honeycomb. Edise’s modern design stands in stark contrast to the old-time station and its antique cable cars waiting to transport riders over the Arcos da Lapa and up into the hills . . .

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