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By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Monday, April 19th, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella, walked through the city’s biggest favela community of Rocinha to observe the implementation of urban regeneration work that he had ordered: the painting of 150 once colorful buildings into a uniform grey.

While being interviewed by Rocinha Alerta (Rocinha on Alert), a local news organisation, the mayor went on to explain that the purpose of these works would be to improve the image of the community . . .

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